Police officer prevents Christmas Day suicide

Created: 01/02/2014 10:30 PM
By: Nicole Brady, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A State Police officer working on Christmas Day prevented a tragedy for another family.

A man was threatening to jump from an overpass on I-40. So, the officer talked to him, joked with him, and even offered to bring him home for dinner.

State Police officer Dean Carroll saw a young man sitting on a ledge on the Coors overpass as traffic zipped by on I-40 below.

The 11-year veteran says his training just kicked in.

"He looked upset, threw his hat down, jumped up on the ledge like he was going to jump off," Carroll said.

After a conversation that lasted less than two minutes, the man agreed to get off the ledge.

Officer Carroll doesn't know why the man wanted to kill himself. He's just glad he was there.

Asked about what it's like to save someone's life, Carroll said, "I don't look it that way, I just look at as helping out a young man who needed help."

Officer Carroll told KOB eyewitness News 4 he was sincere about everything he said, and really would have done those things he offered.

In the end, the 22-year-old man was taken to UNM Hospital.

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