In Chattanooga, Tennessee, a woman sat on the edge of Market Street Bridge, looking down at the long drop in a very dangerous way. When police reports started coming in about a potential suicide, the Chattanooga Police Department arrived, which only seemed to agitate the woman.
“Who are you?” she yelled at the police, distraught to the point of a mental breakdown. She started screaming incoherently as the spinning red and blue lights filled the air. “Leave me alone!” she shouted once more. The police were attempting to help her off the bridge, but as they came closer to her she stood up, forcing everyone who was watching to hold their breath.
Officer Steven Meador was one of the first on the scene, and the primary officer attempting to talk her down from the ledge. “What’s your name?” he asked her, but the girl continued to sob, looking down at the bridge with sadness.
“You don’t even know me,” she replied. She yelled some more and her screams could be heard from under the overpass she stood on, so stressed the dispatchers were beginning to think there was no way to help the young woman.
“Do you want a cigarette or something?” the officer asked, the woman sniffling as she seemed calmed down a bit. Typically when the police try to talk someone down from a suicide jump, they humanize themselves, bringing the potential victim closer to humanity and the world as a whole.
“No,” she said, still sobbing. “I think I have one. Thank you.”
There was a bit of silence over the sound of sirens and the lights that flickered over the lights, the police officers unsure of what they were going to. That is, until Officer Steven Meador made the bold and brave decision to run up to the girl and grab her by the clothing. He pulled her to safety as she cried on the ground, relieved and agitated at the same time. Luckily no one was hurt that day, but many emotions were stirred.
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