A Maryland State Police trooper prevented a man from jumping from the I-95 Millard Tydings Bridge in Cecil County on Saturday, an incident that was videotaped by the camera in the trooper's patrol car.
The incident occurred around 7:23 p.m. Saturday, according to the portion of the video State Police posted on their Facebook page.
State Police spokesperson Elena Russo said Trooper Joshua Kim, who is assigned to the nearby JFK Highway Barrack in Perryville, was driving north on the bridge when he saw the man walking in the southbound lanes, which Russo noted was unusual.
Kim also saw the man's car parked 50 to 75 yards away from where he was walking, Russo said. The trooper made a U-turn as soon as he could, and drove back toward him.
The 24-year-old Kim, who has been with the State Police for two years, said he was driving back to the barrack to do some paperwork.
He said he has interacted with other people during his career who are trying to hurt themselves or kill themselves, but he has never dealt with a situation like he had on the Tydings Bridge.
Russo said the man was taken to Harford Memorial Hospital in nearby Havre de Grace for observation; he was not charged.
"It certainly was incredible bravery on the trooper's part," she said. "He was putting his own life at risk as well, when he went in for the save."
Kim said he did not have time to talk to the man on the bridge. He said he usually tells people in similar situations they will get the help they need and they are taken to a local hospital to be evaluated.
"[I say] Let's step back, let's try and think this out; we're going to get you the help that you need," he said.
On the drive to the hospital, Kim said the man told him he had been dealing with family issues and mental health issues recently, and he thanked him for saving him both during the drive and later at the hospital.