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Texas police officer, truck driver save a teenager threatening to jump from overpass

connectVideoTruck driver parked under a bridge to save a teen who was trying to jump on the highway

A policeman and a truck driver in Texas are being hailed as heroes after helping to save a boy who threatened to jump from a bridge during the morning rush hour on Wednesday.

The Arlington Police Department says in a Facebook post the incident happens on the Kelly Elliott Road bridge over Interstate 20 after the authorities were alerted about a teenager who was contemplating to jump.

“We wanted to highlight a conversation where the Motor Officer Deric Sheriff came up with a genius plan to help in a crisis intervention this morning,” the department said.

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The Sheriff, a 17-year veteran of the department, was working on the traffic stop nearby when he heard the call and rushed to help. As a Sheriff and another officer tried to stop the traffic on the busy highway, he directed a large truck on the stage under the viaduct.

“I was trying to find a big enough trailer, that would work, because there were a couple of flatbeds that would not have been of any use,” Sherriff told FOX4.

The officer was looking to reduce the likelihood that the teenager would be seriously injured if he jumped through the places of several trucks with trailers under the bridge.

A police officer in Texas focusing on a semi-truck under an overpass on Interstate 20, where a teenager was threatening to jump.
(Arlington Police)

Body camera footage released by the department showed Sheriff exchange with Dwayne Crawford, the driver of an 18-wheeler.

“As soon as I went below and started under the bridge, I looked up. The young man looks down at me, and I thought, ‘Oh, man. He is serious,'” Crawford told FOX4. “As soon as I get under the bridge with my tractor and trailer under it I felt a thump.”

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As the first big rig in position, the teenager jumped and landed on the top of the trailer.

“I have a good feeling about it,” Crawford said. “The young man to go to get help. The bottom line: he needed help.”

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Arlington Police chief Will Johnson praised the Sheriff’s actions on Twitter.

“APD Motor Officer Deric Sheriff was instrumental in directing the truck driver to the teen to jump, and later landed on the trailer,” he wrote. “Excellent crisis intervention, to help this teenager.”

The Sheriff, who has six children, told FOX4 his idea to save the teenager came from his previous job as a truck driver. He also said that he will never forget is the saving of the boy.

“That is the whole reason that 99.9 percent of us got in this feature is to make a difference and to help,” he told FOX4.

If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or contact the Crisis Line by texting and TALKING 741741.

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