Sunday, April 30, 2017

Right place at the right time, Part 2

Today's crumb comes from a alert reader in East Moline, Illinois. It concerns a 30-year-old man named Eric, who recently tried to take his life by jumping off the Bridge Street bridge in Lowell, Massachusetts. He was getting ready to plunge when two teens, Justin Petterson and Jessie Carrier, approached him. They recall that he was "being disrespectful to everybody, telling them 'It's not worth it. I'm going to take my life." They asked if he had any family, but he said "No, I have nobody." He told the boys he was an alcoholic with nobody in his life to help him. "He was getting more aggressive, but eventually I just pulled him back," said Petterson. The boys took talked him into leaving the bridge and joining them for a cup of coffee at Dunkin' Donuts. Eric drank the coffee, but then changed his mind and headed back to the bridge.

Eric's life was on the line again, and the boys were determined to save him. This time they called 911. Lowell police Lt. Steve O'Neill praised the teens for saving the man's life. Eric is now in the hospital for evaluation, and the boys found out he does have someone who cares about him, a younger sister. She reached out to them on public media to say,"Thank you so much. I'll never be able to put into words how thankful I and my family are for your heroic actions." Petterson says he was just glad to be "in the right place at the right time."

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