Semi-Truck drivers have a lot of challenges in their lives. Heavy loads, deadlines, and stormy weather they can’t control. To us, the hours they spend on the road to get the job done is enough to call them heroes. Yet in Detriot on April 24, 2018, 13 truckers took the term hero to heart and really showed us what semi-truck drivers are made of.
One policeman came up with a revolutionary idea to face the worst. Why not send Semi-truck drivers?
A Man Wanted to End His Life
Around 1 AM on April 24th the police received a call that a man was threatening to jump off an I-696 overpass to kill himself. It’s unknown what caused the man to think suicide was his best option. The local law enforcement sprung into action and sent over negotiators to talk the man down. Then, one policeman came up with a revolutionary idea to face the worst. Why not send semi-truck drivers?
Side-by-side the trucks made a solid grouping of metal that proved bravery comes in many forms.
13 truckers showed up. The police closed off the eastbound portion of the road as seven of the truckers parked their rigs under the overpass. Then, as the police closed off the westbound side, the rest of the truckers parked in the same fashion. Side-by-side the trucks made a solid grouping of metal that proved bravery comes in many forms.
If the man decided to jump, the truckers reasoned, he would fall on the trucks a few feet below him instead of the harsh road much further down. Falling on the trucks would also injure him less and raise his chance of survival.
The semi-truck drivers stayed parked for hours as the negotiators talked with the troubled man. Success came at 4 AM when the man decided not to jump. He was escorted to a nearby hospital for a psychological evaluation while the roads reopened.
The MSP Metro Detroit Tweeted a photo of the event, adding:
“this photo does show the work troopers and local officers do to serve the public. But also in that photo is a man struggling with the decision to take his own life. Please remember help is available through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.”
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