A Master Patrol Officer saved a young man's life by bonding with him over football early last Saturday morning in Columbia, South Carolina. Officer Michael Blackmore's body camera was rolling the whole nine minutes it took to convince the man to get down.
I just wanted to get his mind off of what was bothering him.
Officer Blackmore, two other officers and EMT workers found the man crying while sitting on a guardrail with his feet dangling over the S.C. 277 Bridge.
After a few tense moments, the two began to talk football.
The officer found out he is a Washington Redskins and South Carolina Gamecocks fan.
They connected after chatting about football and their mutual hate for the Dallas Cowboys. Eventually, the man agreed to grab officer Blackmore's hand. Fellow officers, Charles Browder and Jessica Nowlin, helped lift the man back over the railing.
According to the incident report, the man was taken to Palmetto Health Richland Hospital.
The body-cam video of this rescue has warmed hearts, reminding people just how many lives cops save everyday.
It was pretty much the same thing. I ended up talking to the guy about football. He was a Notre Dame fan.
This wasn't the first time Officer Blackmore assisted in a suicide situation. Just a month prior, he responded to a man who seemed prepared to jump from a parking garage.