Hero Chinese cop prevents suicide by catching man, 75, who leapt from flyover
Selfless officer springs into action to save septuagenarian who wrote in note that his life was ‘irrelevant’
A traffic police officer in southwestern China gave little thought to his own safety on Sunday when he raced to catch an elderly man who had jumped from a flyover in an attempt to take his own life.
Gong Xiancheng was on duty on the streets of Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, when he was alerted to the plight of the 75-year-old, identified only by his surname Huang, Huaxi Metropolis Daily reported on Monday.
A member of the public said he had seen Huang on the flyover looking lost and possibly in need of help. Gong, who was at ground level, looked up but could not see anyone, so he moved to the other side of the bridge and checked again.
When he looked up a second time he saw Huang standing on the edge of the overpass preparing to jump.
Gong was quoted as saying that he shouted to the man to stay where he was. “Do not move. I am coming for you,” he said.
Huang, however, had made up his mind. He replied: “I just want to jump”, and stepped off the edge.
Gong ran to catch him and successfully broke his fall.
An ambulance arrived on the scene and Huang was taken to hospital. He received treatment for multiple bone fractures and was put in intensive care, but his injuries were said to be not life threatening, the report said.
Staff at the hospital found a suicide note in the sleeve of Huang’s top.
“My death is irrelevant to anyone, including my family. I don’t want to live any more,” it read.
“If I jump from high I can avoid the pain of dying slowly.”
Huang had been living alone since his wife left to go travelling and his children moved to work in other cities, the report said.