Friday, March 3, 2017

Hero bus driver thwarts suicide attempt from Ohio bridge privateofficer.com

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DAYTON, Ohio March 3 2017 A Dayton bus driver started his route like any other day but this day would be different.
As he drove his usual route over the Main Street Bridge he saw something so unexpected he immediately stopped the bus.
A woman was standing on top of the Main Street Bridge on the other side of the railing starring down.
The quick thinking Damone “D” Hudson who has been an RTA driver for 24 years, said that his adrenaline started to flow, because I was really concerned that she was going to jump. 
I was about to witness someone jump and I couldn’t let that happen,” Hudson said. 
“First thing I could think to say to her was ma’am you look like you’re having a bad day, you know, can I give you a hug.  It was just trying anything to try to really get her wanting to come back over on the other side of the rail.”
“Ma’am, you look like you’re having a bad day, you know. Can I give you a hug?’ And it was just anything to get her to come back over on the other side of the rail,” he said.
Someone else called for help, and Hudson kept talking to the woman until a Dayton Police and a crisis-intervention specialist arrived.
“There is not a right or wrong approach to that,” Dayton police detective Patty Tackett said. It’s about drawing from personal knowledge and experiences in those instances. “He did a great job, and again I think it goes with our gut instincts.”
Jason Allen of Dayton said RTA drivers are more than just drivers, especially Hudson.
“He’s one of the best bus drivers we have,” he said.
Once police arrived, Hudson got back on his bus and drove away, but not before that woman made as much of an impact on him as he did on her.
“I know that every person’s struggle is different and everybody’s going through something, but you always want to continue,” he said. “Life is a roller coaster, right? You ... up and you’re going to come down. But you’ve got to think ‘I’m going back up’ and hopefully it’s going up for her now.
“That was definitely a first for me, so I just hope that everyone that looks at this goes man next time I see someone in distress or I see something I’ll stop [too],” Hudson said.
The Greater Dayton RTA plans to honor Hudson at their board meeting on March 17.

HOW TO GET HELP

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-TALK (8255) or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org

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