A Dayton Ohio bus driver saved the day with his ability to talk a woman off a ledge. Damone Hudson is a 24 year veteran of the Riverside Transit Agency, and saw a woman standing over the guard rail on a downtown bridge. He was able to sympathize with the woman and literally talk her off a ledge.
H/T American Now
Bus Driver Talks Woman Off Ledge, Saves Her Life (Video)
A bus driver in Dayton, Ohio made an unlikely stop Feb. 16 that ended up saving a woman’s life (video below).
Damone Hudson, a 24-year veteran driver for Riverside Transit Agency, stopped on a bridge in downtown Dayton when he noticed a woman standing outside the guardrail, according to reports. The bridge runs over the Great Miami River.
WHIO reports that Hudson pulled his bus over and asked the woman if she needed help. Video from the bus surveillance camera recorded Hudson’s conversation with the woman.
“Why don’t we come back over on the side of the rail? … Hey miss, why don’t we come back on this side of the rail for me?” Hudson said. He also told the woman she looked like she “was having a bad day,” and Hudson asked if he could give the woman a hug, according to WHIO.
During Hudson’s conversation with the woman, he motioned a passerby to call the police, according to WBFF.
“I wasn’t trying to be heroic,” Hudson told WBFF, “I just saw someone that looked like she was definitely in pain or trouble and I just wanted to make a connection.”
Hudson continued talking to the woman until a Dayton police crisis intervention specialist arrived, according to WHIO. Police then coaxed the woman back over the railing.
“There is not a right or wrong approach to that,” Dayton police detective Patty Tackett told WHIO. It’s about drawing from personal knowledge and experiences in those instances.”
“He did a great job, and again I think it goes with our gut instincts.”
RTA spokesman also told WHIO that Hudson is one of the best drivers the agency has.
“I know that every person’s struggle is different and everybody’s going through something, but you always want to continue,” Hudson told WHIO.
“Life is a roller coaster, right? You to up, you’re going to come down. But you’ve got to think ‘I’m going back up’ and hopefully it’s going up for her now.”
When Dayton police arrived, Hudson continued his route.
“Everyone’s going through something. Even if you are, just reach out and try to touch someone, even if it’s in a small way,” said Hudson to WHIO.
WBFF reports the RTA will recognize Hudson for his deed at the RTA Board meeting March 17.
The national suicide rate increased 24 percent from 1999 to 2014, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.