A heroic 61-year-old Marine Corps Veteran sprang into action to try to stop a woman from jumping from the third tier of the Oakland Raiders Coliseum right after the game on Sunday. The Marine, whose identity hasn't been revealed, was on the second tier when he noticed the suicidal woman above on the next tier alone and preparing to jump.
Witnesses say the hero pleaded with her telling her not to do it, but she jumped falling about 45 feet before the Marine tried to catch her to shield her fall.
The woman, also anonymous, suffered critical injuries but Sgt. J.D. Nelson of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office said that she would have died had it not been for the selfless act of a stranger. Nelson said, "He saved her life quite honestly, at his own expense. This guy 100 percent saved her life. She'd be dead now."
Certainly he was in the right place at the right time to help this woman, but trying to catch a person after they have jumped 45 feet is terrifying and dangerous. Still, he's a Marine. He knows about terrifying and dangerous situations and this woman is very lucky this hero was on the tier below her.
The Marine suffered serious injuries as well and in the hospital but is expected to recover. He's also a lifelong Raiders fan, and Sheriff Nelson reported that the hero is a very compassionate person who didn't want this woman to die and also didn't want anyone in the stadium to witness such a death. He's alert and concerned about the woman who jumped, and is hoping she makes a full recovery.
I think I can speak for us all in saying that we are so thankful for this Marine, for his service, his sacrifices, that continue even today. He's truly a hero. (I think he also deserves lifetime tickets to Raiders games.)
Have you ever witnessed something as terrifying as this?
Please call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in case you are worried about yourself or someone else.
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