Students save man from suicide attempt
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A group of college students leaving class took action after finding themselves facing a lesson in first aid.
A man wanted to end it all, but four college students at Broward College in Downtown Fort Lauderdale were not going to let that happen.
The group was headed to their cars after class Thursday afternoon when they saw a man standing on the side of the railing about to attempt to jump seven stories.
They would not stand by when they saw this man hanging over the edge of the school's seventh floor parking garage. "I grabbed him, I put my hand under his arm, like under him, because he was leaned over like this," Rakeen Johnson said.
"I walked over to the guardrail, and I was sort of standing right here, just kind of holding him from the back," John Cacciato said.
"I grabbed his legs, he grabbed his arms, and we pulled him over," Donald Clarke said.
"He kicked his legs out, he tried to jump off, but he couldn't because we had him grabbed," Johnson said. "So when he did that, we just threw him over the ground."
While on the concrete, they pinned the man to the floor and called police. "He was just cursing at us. Just cursing," Clarke said.
Together, they prevented him from jumping and taking his life. "Life is too precious for him to do that. That is why we came over here and grabbed him and took him over," Clarke said.
The students did it not because they had to, but they said, because it was right. "Something had to be done, if nobody else could do it, I mean, might as well do it," Cacciato said. "I was here, I wasn't going to let him jump. I wasn't going to watch that happen."
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