Franklin County Sheriff's Deputy opens up about daring rescue above I-270
In dramatic moments captured on dash camera video, a Franklin County Sheriff's Deputy made a split-second decision Sunday to save a life.
"He literally looked at me and just said 'I am sorry, I have got nothing left and I am just done,' and that is when he turned around, looked at the wall and he kept looking over top of 270," said Deputy William Ball with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.
But, that's not where this potential tragedy ends.
In dash camera video seen by tens of thousands, Deputy Ball literally leapt into action on an overpass above I-270.
On Sunday, he was patrolling near the Georgesville Road overpass.
"There was no call, I just happened to see him and realized yeah something is off here," he said.
He stopped, and using his Crisis Intervention Team training, started talking to the man.
"He gave me a few minutes, at one point he had come towards me and he had just told me I was going to have to shoot him to stop him, and you know I told him, I said, 'Listen, I am not going to shoot you, I don't want to hurt you anyway, I want to get you some help,' and he started coming away from the wall for just a brief moment, and he realized I was trying to keep him away from the wall and then he just went straight back to the wall," said Deputy Ball.
Deputy Ball knew he had to move, all with dash camera recording.
"I was able to get a hold of him, pull him back over the wall," he said.
The deputy just so happened to be in the right place to save a life.
"I didn't really want to be on camera whatsoever, however I think it is important that people see what we really do, what we really deal with," he said.
The man was not arrested and was taken to the hospital to be evaluated.
"You don't know what everybody is dealing with on a daily basis you know? Be receptive, people are going through a lot and struggling, so don't judge them before you really know what's going on," he said.
Deputy Ball said he hopes the man continues to get the help he needs, and he also thanks the two civilians who provided some help before back up arrived.
The number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255, you can also find more details here.