A policeman’s body camera captured the pivotal moment when he used his quick thinking to save a man from potentially jumping off a bridge.
“What’s wrong?” Deputy James Robinson can be heard asking the man repeatedly in the video, on Aug. 14. The man was unresponsive most of the time.
The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office had received a call about a “man in crisis sitting on the ledge of an overpass.”
When Robinson first arrived on the scene, he beckoned the man to leave the ledge repeatedly, to no avail. The tense situation appeared to progress nowhere, until Robinson created an opportunity for himself to act—and in that moment, when the man was distracted, Robinson seized the chance to pull him to safety.
The man is seen crying as he lay on the ground. He utters “I’ve got nothing left,” to which Robinson replies, “Man, you do! You’ve got plenty left!”
The touching moment has garnered hundreds of comments on the video that the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office shared on Facebook.
“I take great pride in saying that I know Deputy Robinson and have enjoyed working with him. I am not surprised by his professionalism. Outstanding James !!!! You are a great example of what is the backbone of our profession,” one comment read.
Another comment read: “This breaks my heart. Thank you Deputy for the caring and compassion shown to this young man. Prayers that the young man will find the peace and strength to carry on. That one act of compassion may have just been the push he needed.”
“Deputy Robinson showed the utmost compassion for the man and reassured him that he still has a lot to live for. Our thoughts and prayers go out to this man and his family,” the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer said, 13NewsNow reported.