A brave and caring passer by was able to persuade a suicidal man to move back from the ledge of bridge by reciting lyrics from a Linking Park song.
A new video released by Florida’s Orange County Sheriff’s Office tells the story of a man—who was struggling to deal with personal issues in his life—and resorted to climbing over the railing of a bridge that crosses a busy state road.
While hundreds of cars pass by without stopping, Cristina Settanni, a healthcare worker, decided to turn around and pull over. After explaining the she has also felt similarly in the past, the Good Samaritan climbed over the railings and sat beside the troubled man on the ledge.
“I stopped because I’ve been where he was,” Settanni explained. “So, I know what it’s like to stand on the ledge and think that’s your only option. He needed somebody to show that somebody cared enough to stop, and tell him he didn’t need to do that today.”
She continued in the video below: “There was a moment he moved forward, and I did kind of move towards him, like, ‘Nope, you go, I go.'”
The woman, who spoke calmly with the man as he broke down in tears, had the idea to recite lyrics from Linkin Park song ‘One More Light’ in a bid to convince him that people care. “Who cares if one more light goes out? In a sky of a million stars … Well I do,” she quoted.
Explaining why she decided to choose that song, Settanni said: “I don’t know if it just clicked with him, but he just cried.”
The woman’s comforting words did enough to convince the man to move away from the ledge and, as the police officer arrived, he was able to pull the man away from the bridge and offer him some more comfort.
See the full video, below.