He saw the woman dangling from a bridge above the highway and his instincts just took over.  Paul DeLaughter is a former chief petty officer with the United States Navy.  When he saw the woman hanging onto the railing ready to fall into oncoming traffic, he sprang into action to rescue the woman.

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First, he parked his car and began stopping drivers on the highway.  He tried talking her down and rallied the crowd to possibly lock arms in case she fell.  That’s when two truck drivers decided to move their rigs under the woman to shorten her fall.  DeLaughter immediately climbed on top of one truck and jumped across to the other.  Just in time, the woman fell into his arms safely.

She was in tears and very emotional, DeLaughter said.  He stayed with her until rescue workers arrived on the seen and took her to a hospital.  Thanks to this heroic vets quick thinking, not one person was injured and the woman was saved.

Paul DeLaughter, trained in the Navy for suicide prevention, later said that the encounter was very personal to him.  He lost his father to suicide.  “It’s crazy, I’ve been in the Navy for 23 years and I was constantly doing suicide prevention training,” he said. “Suicide is a real issue and you can’t just overlook it. There is always someone who can help.”


If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts please visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call the toll-free number 1-800-273-8255.