Police, Bystanders Save Teen From Attempted Suicide

 April 21, 2021

In a typical year, the average number of suicides is somewhere around 130 a day. In recent months, it seems there have been more attempts than usual.

However, in one Ohio town, a state trooper and a handful of onlookers prevented one young man from being added to that statistic.

A Rainy Day in Lorain

As Ohio state trooper Michael Wearsch was on his way to the cities courthouse, when a motorist flagged him down. He was told that there was a man sitting on the bridge and it looked like he was going to jump.

Wearsch went directly to the Charles Berry Bridge. He quickly saw the 18-year-old. As he walked toward him, he radioed dispatchers to let them know the situation.

In the dashboard camera video you can hear Wearsch saying, "He's just standing on the edge. He's got his cell phone."

Rain was pouring down onto the bridge, and drivers were beginning to stop. Wearsch made a split-second decision to grab the young man and pull him back over the railing.

Bystanders Assist


According to WKYC, Wearsch says he was "able to walk up to him, grab him, and put another arm around him." However, he says he did not save the young man on his own.

"I had five Good Samaritans – whether they were citizens or Lorain PD. [They] just all ran up, and we were all able to put hands on him and tell him everything was going to be alright. I'd like to think of myself as a strong guy, but I can’t hold on to somebody forever. Just to have them there, it was great."

Michael Wearsch

One of the bystanders was Lorain Police Captain Roger Watkins and his paramedic son, Crae. According to Fox 8, they and a few others helped Wearsch get the man to safety before Lorain officers arriving.

Everyone involved assured the man that they were there to ensure that he was ok. The man was taken to the hospital to be treated.

Training and Instincts

Wearsch relied on his training to get the 18-year-old to safety, as did the Lorain police captain and his son. The quick thinking of the motorist who flagged Wearsch down helped bring a positive conclusion to this situation.

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27 comments on “Police, Bystanders Save Teen From Attempted Suicide”

  1. America's systematic racism of 5 white men helped save a young distressed black guy. Thank God they were all there. #SystematicRacismBS

  2. Thank God, the police, and good, citizens for saving a young man’s life. With all the chaos in our country, this was a hopeful message needed by me. Another police officer put his life on the line when called for help by a citizen. So sad that too many police are charged with crimes for performing acts for which they were trained

    1. Why don't these stories make headline natl.News? Oh yah I forgot don't fit all cops are murderers and do nothing good

  3. You, our Police Officers, still deserve our respect! No matter what, you put your lives on the line every day you put your uniform on to serve us, the Citizens! You are our EVERY DAY HEROES!!

    Many of you, have also served, in our Armed Forces in some capacity, whether it is Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, many leave that calling; and then serve us as Paramedics, Doctors, Firemen, Policemen, SWAT Units, Naval Reserve, National Guard Reserve! They serve in many capacities, with many capabilities, they are people of Honor, Integrity, Honesty, they are True Heroes as well! They are Heroes before they put these Uniforms on!! Many have received Medals of Honor while in the Armed Forces, but their Medals are Hidden in a drawer or grow dusty in a closet. They probably dont like to talk about what led to the Medal, as it brings back the memory of an event of horrible loss of many lives, serving our Country. Even if you understood this. Ciuld you not Honor this Man or Woman for who they are, as well as the fact of what they do for Us to be safe, secure, warm in our homes, our beds, so we can all sleep well?? Or, do you NOT Honor them, do you NOT Honor our Country, Do you not Honor the lives they could have, for a less Lucrative life of Service to us?? Should you not question yourself, the hard-heartedness that would cause you to dishonor the very best of us??

    I call upon you to do me a favor, at least learn what it takes for them to be able to even qualify for their position, what it may rake to keep it, or move up. What kind of people actually have it within themselves to have a drive to serve others??

    Then, maybe, just maybe, you might have a little different thought about the people that serve our communities!

    If not, then maybe you should see if there is a community program, that let's you ride along, safely, see all that happens, all they go through from a day to a week in their life! :):) Who knows, maybe YOU will be so changed, that you will be led to a life to serve!!

  4. We need more focus on helping people cope with mental health and it’s crisis creeping upwards in America. This SWAMP is more about hate and dividing people or everything related to it, creating even more of a spike than ever before. This is NOT what our American or world needs. Our Veterans have been deeply neglected by the government for this need also. Past time to turn this around.

  5. Wonderful ending - thank God for caring Police and citizens who are willing to show that care by stepping up to save a life! You are our heroes! You see what a difference this makes as opposed to the depraved indifference that is as plain as day in what you see is happening at the White House! By the way, I see Depraved Indifference carries a sentence of 25 years... Round 'em up and get the orange suits ready.

  6. I bet this officer never thought about him being black or white, he just did what he needed to do. Thank God there are good people in the world willing to help.

  7. i had to watch the video to see skin color?
    i read the story and it was fine.
    then watch ed the video and here i am wiping tears.
    Great Job everyone!

  8. This is the America I know and Love !! Why don’t all those people who hate America sign up to get a free trip (with all their belongings) to what ever country will take them. The cost, Of this, will surely be less than paying for all the destruction and health care of these ignorant traitors! Talk about domestic terrorism, Antifas and BLMsts come to mind !! We need to keep America American!!!

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