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Police officer hugs suicidal man after saving his life

By Owen Weldon     Sep 12, 2015 in World
Raleigh - A police officer in North Carolina saved a man from killing himself and after he rescued the man, he pulled him in for a long hug.
On Wednesday night, Raleigh Senior Officer D.V. Hicks was making his way home from work when he came across a man hanging over a bridge. The officer pulled over and spoke with the man.
Hicks managed to talk the man off the bridge and helped him get back to safety. When the man was brought to safety, the officer gave the man a hug. Hicks said the man was going to get a hug whether he wanted one or not.
Hicks, who was in his uniform, said that he related to the man as a person and not as a cop.
The North Carolina's Department of Transportation captured the exchange between Hicks and the man on silent video. The video shows the man right at the edge of the bridge, and Hicks can be seen approaching him. The officer and the man engaged in a short conversation, and eventually the man takes Hick's hand and steps off the bridge.
The video then captured the officer and the man hugging for a few moments. Hicks said that he and the unidentified man didn't exchange many words, but this may have been one of those times when words were not needed.
After the man was comforted, he was taken to a facility for medical attention.
The man was rescued on the night before World Suicide Prevention Day, but Hicks said that he wasn't aware of that. He did say that there was a positive story that can be shared.
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