CHP talks jumper down from bridge

California Highway Patrolmen from Contra Costa County comfort a man after he contemplated jumping from the Benicia-Martinez Bridge Thursday morning, Nov. 17, 2016. (CHP / Courtesy)
California Highway Patrolmen from Contra Costa County comfort a man after he contemplated jumping from the Benicia-Martinez Bridge Thursday morning, Nov. 17, 2016. (CHP / Courtesy)

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Contra Costa CHP (California Highway Patrol) helped save yet another life after responding to a call about a man contemplating suicide from the Benicia-Martinez Bridge last Thursday.

Around 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 17, a call came into CHP about a distraught man on the bridge’s ledge. CHP officers responded immediately and found a man in tears, readying to make a likely fatal jump from the bridge.

Officer Westropp-Bennet related some of his own personal life difficulties to the man, “helping [him] understand that there are people that care about him and can help him,” CHP said in a release. Westropp-Bennet managed to coax the man to safety and officers took him to a local hospital for treatment.

“At the end of the day, we are all connected in this journey of life and we are all community members,” the CHP release stated. “We hope this man gets back on track to a prosperous and healthy life.”

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please seek help by calling the Contra Costa Crisis Center at 800-273-TALK or 800-SUICIDE. Also visit www.crisis-center.org for resources and information on preventing suicide and successfully moving forward in life.

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