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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

CA Man To Reunite With Officer Who Convinced Him Not To Jump

In this March 11, 2005 photo, Kevin Berthia is talked out of jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge and pulled to safety by California Highway Patrolman Kevin Briggs, center, in San Francisco. (AP /The San Francisco Chronicle)

In this March 11, 2005 photo, Kevin Berthia is talked out of jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge and pulled to safety by California Highway Patrolman Kevin Briggs, center, in San Francisco. (AP /The San Francisco Chronicle)

Eight years ago, Kevin Berthia, who was then 22, was ready to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge. California Highway Patrol officer Kevin Briggs gently talked to him for an hour, and convinced him not to jump.

The two men are reuniting Wednesday night at the American Foundation Suicide Prevention’s annual dinner in New York, where Berthia will present Officer Briggs with an award for public service.

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  • Grace2297

    Awesome! Inspiring. I cried. I smiled. Way to go CHP Sgt Kevin Briggs and so happy for Kevin Berthia’s candor and the life got sweeter and better.

  • Susan Friesen

    What an inspiring story. I saw a display of hundreds of pairs of shoes on bleachers at Crissy Field on the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge. It stymied me to discover they were actual shoes donated by family members of suicide victims who took the final plunge into San Francisco Bay. After the fireworks show to celebrate the bridge’s anniversary, I couldn’t get a ride to Pier 1 to ferry to my car in Sausalito, so I walked across the Golden Gate Bridge and on to Sausalito, about a 5 mile walk late at night. I couldn’t help as I walked and looked down and out across the bay about the many desperate people who ended it. Life is so precious. How wonderful that Officer Kevin Briggs was there at just the right time to convince Kevin Berthia to live and not be a jumper, another sad statistic. It’s great to read that Kevin is honoring an officer who has his first name, a name of a fine rescuer. Sincerely, Susan Friesen, Santa Maria, CA, raising two daughters with heart transplants and their sister. My girls are miracles, received the gift of life from two organ donors

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