Security cam shows off-duty officer coming to aid of man on ledge

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EVANSTON, Ill. -- An off-duty Evanston police officer is being called a hero after he came to the aid of a desperate man over the weekend.

Detective Ken Carter, a 13 year veteran of the Evanston Police Dept and a former Marine and a member of the Illinois National Guard, was leaving a Chili’s restaurant near Maple and Clark Sunday around 5 p.m. Carter's fiance noticed something six stories above her.

“I heard my fiancé scream, ‘No! Don’t!’” Carter said. “I came back to the street and at this time the subject was peering over the ledge motioning like he was going to jump."

Carter called dispatch and then went to the top of the parking garage to talk to the man.

“He kept saying he was going to jump. At that point I felt I had to act."

While other uniformed officers distracted the 22-year-old man with conversation, Carter crawled on his hands and knees and scaled the low wall until he could grab him. Surveillance video captured the entire incident.

With a crowd watching from the street level, the man on the ledge was pulled to safety. The man's own family weeping with joy at the scene.

Carter says he just did what he felt he had to do.

“I'm so proud it worked out and we saved this young man's life.”

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