Video: Canton Police Officer Rescues Bridge Jumper

Canton officer thwarts suicide attempt Sunday on Joy Road, I-275 overpass.

OUTSIDE DETROIT, MI -- A local police officer is credited with saving the life of a man attempting to jump off an overpass.

Canton Police released patrol car footage this week of the incident at Joy Road and Interstate 275.

The Canton Township officer, whose name has not yet been released by the department, responded about 7:30 p.m. Sunday to the area surrounding the overpass for a report of someone leaning over the rail, according to a news release from the department, where approached a man standing atop the bridge looking over northbound I-275. According to police, the man had one leg up on the rail and was looking at his phone.

When the officer made contact with the man, he put his phone in his pocket and stepped onto the rail with his other leg, the news release indicated. 

The officer was able to slowly approach the man and grab him by his jacket, pulling him off the railing onto the road to safety, the news release indicated.

According to police, the man told police he had intended to jump off the bridge in an attempt to commit suicide.

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Perry March 06, 2013 at 10:17 PM
A great job done by the Canton police officer on saving this man's life. He should be commended for his actions.
John McKay (Editor) March 06, 2013 at 11:43 PM
Perry, Based on what I've heard, I'm sure he will be. Nothing has been announced as of yet, though.
Bryan Bentley (Editor) March 07, 2013 at 09:21 PM
Fantastic job by this police officer!
Meg Hildebrandt March 08, 2013 at 04:12 PM
If a person really WANTS to be dead, you should LET them do whatever they want!
james mullins March 08, 2013 at 04:37 PM
In response to your statement Meg I believe that you are not fully aware of the mental state of people who claim they wish to end their lives. In most cases the person has gone through some form of emotional trauma and they are not thinking clearly.Wheather it be the loss of a loved one, the loss of their job or just their inability to cope with a situation in their lives. Most people are just looking for and needing help. There are times when people do think rationally and still want to end their lives when they have received devastating news about their health such as incurable cancer and dont want to extend their lives and deal with the pain or medical costs to their families. If you had a child who was being bullied at school and couldnt deal with it anymore on their own and said they wanted to end their life would you hand them a loaded gun? I dont think so . I hope that if you ever have a situation where you feel you want to end your life someone who loves you will step in and help you so it dont happen. everyone deserves to have a better life and we all have to work towards that end.
Meg Hildebrandt March 08, 2013 at 11:26 PM
That's right James, I realize that but what if it's because of something that CAN'T get better? Like with myself...I'm now 50 yrs. old, I was a backseat passenger of a car/tree nmeeting when I was 18. Dr's first said I'd never wake up then when I did, my parents were told to put me in a nursing home but I believe my mother refused only because she was worried what people would think of HER. I startd walking on my own (with no help at all) 4 days short of 9 months later & because of a student physical therapist (& my ignorant mother agreeing with him) I was forced to keep my left leg straight when I walked & totally ruined my quadricep. I can't just kill myself because 1. people would think I was just "weak" & couldn't handle it & 2. I don't "have the balls" to kill myself & yes, I took typin in high school & remember how the keys are so I'm typing with one finger. "Life" is nothing to me, I had ons of friends butthey all walked away...some took longer than others but they've all been gone for quite a while now & people, in general, don't talk to me unless I start the conversation. So, I'm speaking from experience & you just sound like counselors I've gone too. Just remember...you can't judge a situation or person unless you've gone through EXACTLY the same thing.
james mullins March 09, 2013 at 03:44 AM
Meg, I am sorry for your situation and the medical problems that you have due to the accident. I was in no way judging you and I am surely not a counselor by any means. I was merely saying that all people who say they wish to end their lives are not thinking rationally and need someone else to step in and help them to see more clearly. Many people have had traumatic events happen to them and their lives were changed drastically but not all of them give up on life and want it to end. You appear to me to be blaming your physical handicap on your mother for not putting you in a nursing home and for making you walk straight legged during therapy. you were almost 19 at the time you started walking with therapy and could have made the decision on your own to bend that leg when you walked.I am not sure what the relationship is between you and your mother but from what I interpret it to be is that you and she have never had a close relationship and that could be her fault . I will not tell you what to think or what to do but am just expressing my opinions as to what i am understanding from what you wrote.
Lisa Dee Neary March 10, 2013 at 07:40 PM
Let's not forget either, that if the person had jumped, they might have very well taken other lives with them by causing a car accident or two! @Meg: Some of the disappointments you were describing are the same disappointments many of us experience, eg, friends you once had as a teen moving on and loosing touch, and people seeming rude and not speaking with you unless spoken to ... I can't fully relate to your specific circumstance, but as for those disappointments, I can tell you that they are not uncommon.
Janet Dietrich March 11, 2013 at 12:28 AM
Anyone wishing to end their lives, hurting other people possibly in the mean time or not, deserve to have intervention. It is a thought that enters ones mind under different cirumstances. It is hard, sad, and difficult to wrap our heads around, but thank you for the officers who helped and possibly stopped other deaths.
Janet Dietrich March 11, 2013 at 12:30 AM
Oh, that's just sad..... I have had people in my life take their lives, and if I were there, they would not have... so sad.... Anyone should help and give them a different point of view, sometimes thing are so hard for those in need that there is no other option... until someone interceeds......
Janet Dietrich March 11, 2013 at 12:30 AM
Janet Dietrich March 11, 2013 at 12:31 AM
Sounds that way, always try to save those that feel unsavable.... it can happen.
John McKay (Editor) March 11, 2013 at 12:35 AM
One thing lost in the discussion about whether the officer should have intervened with someone's will to end their own life is the safety of the drivers below. Suicide jumpers (or foreign objects thrown from overpasses) have been known to cause dangerous/deadly accidents. Given I-275 is a fairly busy expressway, it would seem that's reason enough to intervene.
Bill P March 11, 2013 at 02:55 AM
This type of police work, which is probably more routine than is frequently reported, makes one proud.
John McKay (Editor) March 11, 2013 at 06:26 AM
Bill - It is true that most of this work is seldom reported, in large part because of privacy considerations for those involved. Given the public nature of this incident, it obviously had news value as there was considerable risk to the officer/drivers with the rescue attempt.


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