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Amazing Officer Able To Talk Suicidal Teenager Down Off Of Bridge

Interstate 40 Entering Arkansas on the Hernando de Soto Bridge

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An amazing Memphis police officer was able to talk a suicidal teen down off of a bridge.

After calls came in of a young man possibly contemplating suicide on the bridge, Officer Shaw talked to the teen for 15 minutes, finding out that he was a new father who felt his life had become too stressful. She was able to gain his trust and convince him to step back from the edge. The Memphis Police Dept posted a photo of the teen hugging the officer, thanking her for being there for him and helping. (See the touching photo below)

According to the Memphis PD's post:

On February 2, 2023, Officers were dispatched to a suicidal person on the edge of the I-40 Bridge. Lieutenant Tuznik was driving on the bridge and found the individual. Officer Shaw made the scene moments later and began building a rapport with the individual as he stood on the outside ledge of the bridge contemplating suicide. While the officers were talking to him, they found out that this individual was only 17 years old. He explained how he is a new father and how life is stressful. Being a mother, Officer Shaw talked to him and understood his stress. Officer Shaw spoke to him for nearly 15 minutes and convinced him to hold on to her while she helped him to safety. After he was pulled from the ledge, they hugged, and Officer Shaw told him, "things will get better." He thanked her for being there and helping him.


If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, please call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-TALK (8255).

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