Sometimes the work of a police officer is saving people from themselves.
Natalia was distraught over losing her job and her boyfriend breaking up with her.
She went onto the roof of her Manhattan apartment building.
“And you will have confidence, because there is hope; you will be protected and take your rest in safety. You will lie down, and no one will make you afraid.” —Job 11:18-19a
She walked along the four-story lip of the roof and passersby called 911. As police units began to show up, Natalia began to yell down to them, “Everything has gone bad at once. I’m sorry. Tell my friends I’m sorry. Tell my mother I’m sorry.” She also apologized to the police for wasting the taxpayer’s money on the response to her.
She finally sat down on the ledge, beginning to take deep breaths, which is a telltale sign of readying to jump. Emergency Service Unit Detective Brian Glacken and Detective Madelyn McTague had worked their way onto the roof near Natalia.
Just as the young lady flung herself off the ledge, Brian reached out and grabbed her in mid-air as Detective McTague rushed in and the two pulled her to safety. The large crowd that had gathered on the street burst into applause. The half-hour ordeal ended without tragedy, thanks to a strong and quick-thinking New York police officer.
With these tough economic times and isolation from community being at an all-time high, people can be deluded into thinking that ending their own lives is the only solution. The pain becomes so unbearable that the victim doesn’t stop to think of all the people who will be devastated and haunted by the “what if’s” that suicide brings to the family and friends left behind.
Today, you never know how your kind word, smile, or gentle gesture might just make someone think that the world isn’t such a bad place after all.
MY HOPE, help me pay attention today to those I come into contact with. May I be Your representative as I move throughout life and show others that life is indeed worth living to the full.