Illinois Officials Save Man From Jumping From Overpass Bridge

A police officer and an Illinois Department of Transport (IDOT) worker saved a man who tried to jump from a bridge on an interstate overpass in Massac County on May 23.

Massac County Sheriff’s Office said Deputy Summer Dixon was called to the bridge by an IDOT worker, who had located a man having medical complications.

This video, released by the sheriff’s office on June 10, shows the man attempt to jump as he was speaking with the officials, who leaped to grab him and pull him back to safety.

​Sheriff Chad Kaylor said the man was hospitalized for evaluation, and Deputy Dixon was awarded a Letter of Commendation for her work. Credit: Massac County Sheriff’s Office via Storyful

Video transcript

[TRUCK PASSING]

DEPUTY SUMMER DIXON: Hey, [INAUDIBLE] Hey, [INAUDIBLE], can you get away from the edge for me?

MAN: OK.

DEPUTY SUMMER DIXON: No! No! The-- [INAUDIBLE] No!

[TRUCK PASSING]

[INAUDIBLE] he tried jumping over the overpass.

[GRUNT]

- You okay?

DEPUTY SUMMER DIXON: Yeah, he did it. Wait-- wait!

- (WALKIE) [INAUDIBLE]

DEPUTY SUMMER DIXON: No!

- (WALKIE) [INAUDIBLE]

- [INAUDIBLE]

- (WALKIE) [INAUDIBLE]

[GRUNTING]

DEPUTY SUMMER DIXON: You don't want to do that man-- you don't want to do that! Come on, come on, come on!

[GRUNT]

Hey-- hey-- hey!

IDOT WORKER: Here we go-- [INAUDIBLE]

- (WALKIE) [INAUDIBLE]

IDOT WORKER: Yes, mister.

DEPUTY SUMMER DIXON: No-- I told you.

[TRUCK PASSING]

[SIGH] Sad as fuck.

IDOT WORKER: You're OK.

- Hey-- you all right, [INAUDIBLE]

- (WALKIE) Okay, guys. Traffic [INAUDIBLE] Only [INAUDIBLE] stayed with that subject, not [INAUDIBLE]

[BACKGROUND CHATTER]

[HEAVY BREATHING]

- (WALKIE) --overpass.

[CHUCKLE]

DEPUTY SUMMER DIXON: [INAUDIBLE] you were here.

MAN: I'm never doing this again.

IDOT WORKER: Dude, you're okay, Ethan.

MAN: This the one time I do drugs.

IDOT WORKER: Well, it might be the last.

DEPUTY SUMMER DIXON: Roger-- we got him back there. Secure.

[TRUCK PASSING]

- I think it's the first [INAUDIBLE]

MAN: [INAUDIBLE]

DEPUTY SUMMER DIXON: You're not, man!

MAN: We all have these problems!

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