Police Talk Man Out Of Jumping From Bridge

Police are being credited for keeping a man from taking his own life just seconds before he was going to jump from a bridge.

In happened on Union Avenue bridge in Pueblo.

KKTV 11 News reporter Gina Esposito talked to officer Chris Alarid, who coaxed the man back to safety.

Alarid says when he arrived, the 38-year-old man was sitting on the rail with his legs dangling over the edge. When the man saw the officer, Alarid says he got up like he was going to jump.

"I thought he was going to jump. So I reached for him, and he slipped out of my finders... kind of told us to step back. So we stepped back and that's when we started talking to him," Alarid says.

He says officers offered the man a cigarette to get him to climb back to safety.

Officer Alarid tells KKTV 11 News this is the first time he has dealt with a situation like this. Officers are required to take crisis intervention team training aimed to help in these types of situations.

If you know anyone who is having thoughts of suicide there is a help line available 24/7. That number is 1-800-273-TALK.