COLUMBIA, S.C.- A police officer’s bond with a suicidal man over football helped save his life.
Early Saturday morning, South Carolina police officers responded to a call of a man found sitting on a guardrail of a Columbia bridge.
Master Patrol Officer Michael Blackmore struck up a conversation with the man. The man was crying and told Blackmore he was tired of living, according to South Carolina newspaper The State.
During their conversation the two began to talk football. Blackmore found out the man was a fan of the Washington Redskins and the University of South Carolina Gamecocks.
“None of use want you to hurt yourself bud,” Blackmore said. “I’m going to be out here riding around Saturday and Sunday night, I’m going to see you on the street and were going to talk about the Gamecocks game.”
Blackmore told him he’d definitely pull for the Redskins when they play Dallas, because he hates the Cowboys.
Towards the end of the conversation, Blackmore was able to grab the mans hand, and with the help of his partners, they removed him from the guardrail.
According to The State, this isn’t the first time Blackmore has used his love of sports to talk someone out of suicide.