Nothing brings together people like football.
When a police officer responded to a call of a suicidal man and found him sitting on the guardrail of a bridge early Saturday morning, he struck up a conversation with the man. The man was crying and told the Columbia Police Department Master Patrol Officer Michael Blackmore he was tired of living, according to The State.
Then the subject matter turned to sports.
Blackmore asked the man what his favorite NFL team was, and the man said the Washington Redskins. Blackmore told the man he'd definitely pull for the Redskins when they play Dallas, because he hates Dallas. (The Redskins play the Cowboys Thanksgiving Day.)
The officer told the man that he should stick around so he can watch the upcoming games.
While he’s talking, Blackmore was able to take hold of the man’s arm, and with the help of two responding officers, they removed the man from the guardrail and placed him in an ambulance.
According to The State, this isn’t the first time Blackmore has used his love of sports to talk someone out of suicide. Just last month, he talked a man out of jumping from a parking garage by talking about college football and the man’s favorite team, Notre Dame.
Thank you for reading the Springfield News-Sun and for supporting local journalism. Subscribers: log in for access to your daily ePaper and premium newsletters.
Thank you for supporting in-depth local journalism with your subscription to the Springfield News-Sun. Get more news when you want it with email newsletters just for subscribers. Sign up here.