When police officers are faced with the difficult task of talking a person off the proverbial edge, they must do everything they can to keep the person from taking their own life. Columbia, South Carolina police did just that when they held a conversation about the Gamecocks early Saturday morning.
Michael Blackmore is a master patrol officer with the Columbia Police Department and he said that he just wanted to get the man’s mind off of actually committing suicide. He told him to just think about the Gamecocks’ game on Saturday or the Washington Redskins’ game on Sunday.
“You’re just having a bad night tonight,” Blackmore told him. “But tomorrow night, when you’re sitting around and you’re watching the Gamecocks – or on Sunday when you’re watching the Redskins play or whatever – you’ll look back (like), ‘Man, what was I thinking Friday night?’ You’re just having a bad night.”
Luckily, it only took a little over eight minutes for Blackmore to talk the man down off the ledge of a bridge. He was then transferred to a mental health facility.
This proves that not all police officers are bad people and they just want to help in anyway they can. I guess college football can really save lives.
The fan will now be able to watch the Gamecocks take on East Carolina at 4 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.
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