WATCH: Police officer talks man off ledge, gives him a hug


A video camera caught a North Carolina police officer going above and beyond in the line of duty, WTVD reported. The powerful video shows the Raleigh police officer talking a man off the edge of a bridge before giving him a hug.

The extraordinary event occurred Wednesday night in Raleigh near Wade Avenue. Police say they got a call around 7 p.m. about a man hanging off the ledge of a bridge in the area. They told WTVD that the officer had just gotten off duty and was on the way home when the call came in.

The video shows the officer slowly approaching the man before calmly persuading the man to get away from the ledge. The officer soon formed a bond with him and got him to agree to come off the edge of the bridge.

The officer helps the man off the bridge and embraces him for a while before escorted the man to a car.

The officer's good deed has made the video go viral. With September 10 being Suicide Prevention Day around the world, this video highlights that there is always help for people in mental distress. Suicide is preventable and you can possibly save a life by about mental health.

There are plenty of resources for those in need of help. If you or someone you know is considering suicide or if you need someone to talk to, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800- 273-TALK (8255).

Learn about how Facebook is teaming up with suicide prevention organizations to identify people in distress:

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