KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A sheriff’s office in Tennessee is throwing some praise to two of their officers after body cam footage was released showing the moments that they saved a suicidal man from jumping off of a bridge.
The video, released on Facebook, shows body cam footage of the two officers with their close encounter back on April 8. According to the story, Knox County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit officer Brian Rehg and Lt. Chris McCarter responded to reports of a man standing on top of the bridge on Pleasant Ridge Road.
When they arrived at the scene, the troubled young man was attempting to jump. The video captured by body-worn cameras shows the heroic actions of the officers.
As the officers are speaking with the man, he suddenly makes his attempt. As he tries to leap head-first over the guardrail, Officer Rehg and Lt. McCarter are able to pounce on his legs, getting a grip on him as he tries to jump.
“Officer Rehg along with KPD Lt. Chris McCarter grabbed and held onto the young man just seconds before he went over the bridge,” the sheriff’s office said.
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The video was posted to Facebook and can be seen below. The footage shows how quickly the situation escalated.
Sheriff Tom Spangler would like to commend our very own TANGO ”Traffic Unit” Officer, Brian Rehg for his efforts in saving the life of a young man that attempted to jump off a bridge on Pleasant Ridge Road On April 8, 2019. Officer Rehg along with KPD Lt. Chris McCarter grabbed and held onto the young man just seconds before he went over the bridge. Because of their vigilance and quick actions the young man is alive today. Both Lt. McCarter and Officer Rehg are true local heroes, not just because of this one incident but because they continue to risk their lives daily for the safety of others. Thank you gentlemen for your continued hard work and dedication to Knoxville and Knox County!
Posted by Knox County Sheriff's Office on Monday, September 16, 2019
The two officers manage to maintain a grip on the man even as he struggles to try and get himself away. They manage to pull him back up by his legs and get him back on the ground.
The sheriff’s office took time to give some much-deserved props to the officers, not just for their actions on that day, but because they choose to put on the uniform and risk their lives for the community every single day.
“Because of their vigilance and quick actions the young man is alive today,” the Facebook post from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office said. “Both Lt. McCarter and Officer Rehg are true local heroes, not just because of this one incident but because they continue to risk their lives daily for the safety of others.”
Tennessee officers save young man from jumping off bridge in dramatic video . https://t.co/WgGOGjzVkc
— ABC News 4 (@ABCNews4) September 17, 2019
We hope that the troubled young man has found the help that he needs and we thank the officers for their incredible actions!