North Carolina police officer saves suicidal man with hug

North Carolina police officer saves suicidal man with hug
BY Rachelle Blidner
Friday, September 11, 2015



A North Carolina police officer showed the healing power of a hug.


Raleigh Police Offer Dan Hicks was on his way home from work when he spotted a man on the ledge of an overpass on Interstate 440 Wednesday, local media reported. In a few words, Hicks managed to persuade the man to get off the ledge and then pulled him into an emotional embrace, video shows. "He got a big old Dan Hicks bear hug whether he wanted it or not," Hicks told WRAL.

Hicks, who was in uniform, said he made a "compassionate statement" that made the man change his mind and related to him as a person, not as a cop. He then held him because he didn't want the man to get an opportunity to get back on the ledge.



Raleigh Senior Officer Dan Hicks was on his way home from work when he stopped to help the suicidal man hanging over a highway bridge.

"When I was pulling him in tight, the only thing that I said to him was that 'you're OK' and 'it's over,'" Hicks told ABC11. The interaction was recorded on surveillance footage, and Hicks had no idea he would get recognition for it. Hicks said he was just doing his job. "He was in a very dire position, and I think he had some very bad thoughts going through his mind about how he felt about himself, but I also think he wanted help," Hicks said.

The unnamed man received mental health help afterwards. "This story is a great reminder that there is help for people in mental distress," the police department said on Facebook.

Source: NY Daily News.