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Wish You Would Step Back From That Ledge My Friend: Man Talks Stranger Down From Bridge, Saves A Life

Anthony “Buzz” Brown, a City of Asheville employee, was driving on Sand Hill Road when he noticed a man in distress standing on the bridge over Interstate 40.

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According to an interview with WLOS, he turned around, got out of his vehicle, and approached the stranger.

Brown advised the man that he wasn’t there to judge him, but that he was there because he cared.

“He told me there was nothing I could do to help him or save him. [I] told him I had a story to tell him, and I needed him to listen. I explained to him that I had a brother also who committed suicide and the pain never really goes away. It gets easier every day, but the pain never really goes away.”

Anthony “Buzz” Brown

Slowly, but surely, as the men talked, the man agreed to start walking back to Brown’s car and to come off the bridge safely.

Screenshot ABC 17 News

Shortly after, Asheville police arrived and then took the man to the hospital where he received the support services he needed.

Brown claims that he is no hero, but he was shocked that no one else had intervened before he did.

He advises that if you see anyone in distress, step in and get involved.

“Anthony tried to leave and not make a big deal of this, but I had to get his name because I am confident without Anthony stopping and talking with the man, he may have possibly jumped before officers arrived on scene. Anthony very well saved a life today, and should be recognized for his actions.”

Vincent Garett, Asheville Police Officer

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is available toll free 24/7, at 1-800-273-8255.

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Written by Abigale Racine