Sgt. Shane Bryant
On May 1, 2011, Sgt. Shane Bryant, Troop G Jacksonville, spent nearly 2.5 hours talking to a man who was threatening suicide on the Dames Point Bridge in Jacksonville before gaining enough trust to convince him not to follow through with his threat.
Platform where subject stood
The subject was standing on a metal platform located on the west side of a brick structure at the top of the bridge, 175 feet above the water. He climbed over the railing and stood with his toes on the bottom rail and his fingers on the top rail, facing the bridge with his back toward the water. Bryant climbed out on the platform and initiated a conversation with him to try to determine the motivation behind his actions. Members from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office arrived and helped guide Bryant’s conversation with the man. The man finally took Bryant’s hand and stepped over the wall to safety where he was taken into protective custody for observation.
Arial view of Dames Point Bridge
Had Bryant not have put himself in danger and gained the individual’s trust, the outcome may have been dramatically different.