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Bismarck Officer Saves Suicidal Man as He Jumps from Bridge

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A humble Bismarck Police officer is the big hero in town today.

Officer Kent Kaylor rescued a man ready to jump off the Liberty Memorial Bridge Tuesday afternoon.

"Pretty close to here..."

This is the spot where one man decided to end his life... And another man decided to save it...

"We had gotten a call from soup kitchen on memorial highway from a guy who was going to jump off the bridge."

While the 29 year old man had one idea... Officer Kent Kaylor had another. No life would end on his watch...

"Once I started to stop, he looked up and dropped his bag and climbed the rail."

"He was on outside of rail, standing with his arms and holding rail. Just as got to him he let go, I bear hugged him and pulled him over, secured him."

Kaylor grabbed him at about the same time the man let go...

"Seconds? Not even, I was in the right place at the right time. One vehicle drove by and said, "Way to go officer."

The man wasn't as grateful... at least not right away...

"He asked my why I wouldn't just let him jump. I told him, I couldn't let him do it. He asked what difference would it make to you? I said I don't want to see you die either."

"We see people at their lowest and that was just the case yesterday."

Officer Kaylor gave the man another chance at life... Something the man thanked him for later.

Kaylor by the way, was filling in on patrol -- because the shift was short staffed.

Something he says he does maybe a handful of days a year.

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