OKCPD officer, Norman PD officers save man attempting to jump off bridge


    Sgt. Jacob Cole.

    A routine welfare check call turned out to be anything but routine for Sgt. Jacob Cole Saturday afternoon.

    "I said 'Hey, what's going on?' and the first thing out of his mouth is 'I'm going to jump off this bridge'." Cole said. "I said 'No, no let's don't do that'."

    Cole found a man on the ledge of a bridge on Interstate 35 that runs over SE 89 Street. Cole says after he made contact the man swung his leg over the wall.

    "He started praying, and he slid further and further away and I knew he was going to go and I wasn't going to let that happen," Cole said.

    Cole says the man swung both legs over and lunged like he was about to jump, so he dove and grabbed the man's shirt.

    "I was holding on, I look over for somebody to come help me because I wasn't going to be able to get him up by myself," Cole said.

    Luckily as Cole hung on, two Norman Police Department officers, Forrest Perry and Kyle Canaan, who happened to be driving by stopped and ran up to help. The trio was able to pull the man back to safety.

    "He just was sad, he was hopeless. He was just full of despair and didn't think he had any hope left," Cole said.

    Cole told FOX 25 that no amount of training can prepare you for that moment when a life is on the line.

    "I'm just glad I got to help him, hopefully he'll get the help he needs and he can recover from this and move on down the road with his life," Cole said.

    The man Cole and the Norman officers saved was taken to the hospital for a psych evaluation.

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