Massac County Sheriff’s Deputy Awarded for Helping Save Man Attempting to Jump Off Bridge

Massac County Sheriff’s Deputy Awarded for Helping Save Man Attempting to Jump Off Bridge

METROPOLIS – A Massac County Sheriff’s deputy was recently given a Letter of Commendation after helping to rescue a man trying to jump off an overpass bridge on I-24 in Massac County on May 23.

According to the Massac County Sheriff Chad Kaylor, Deputy Summer Dixon responded to the scene where an IDOT worker had located a man who was having medical complications.

While Deputy Dixon was speaking with the man, he suddenly attempted to jump over the bridge railing. Deputy Dixon and the IDOT worker reacted. They caught the man and struggled to keep him from dropping onto the ground below the bridge. The two struggled but were able to pull the man back over the railing to safety.

The man was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

The video can be viewed below. If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts and are in need of help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting “TALK” to 741741.

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