KC Hero Cop Pulls Suicidal Jumper From Bridge

All in a day's work for this modest sergeant

Kansas City Officer: Bridge Rescue Happened Too Fast to ThinkKMBC News Live

You never know what the night will bring. Sgt. Steven Griswold, a police officer in southeast Kansas City thought he was responding to a disabled motorist call on Saturday night. But when he arrived on the bridge at 3 Trails Crossing, he had no time to think. Just enough to grab and save the driver from toppling to a 60-foot plunge.

"I came. He jumped. I caught him. Done. We got him the help he needed," said the self-effacing police sergeant.

The fast-acting sergeant said there wasn't really time to do anything except react.

"I guess I was in the right place at the right time," he told a reporter from KMBC-TV in Kansas City. "You just never know what you're going to get."

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Most cops would do the same thing.

October 22 2013 at 11:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thank you Sgt. Griswold for going above and beyond saving the life of a person who evidently felt at the time there was no way out and taking their life was their only option. Many feel that suicide is a sin a selfish cowardly way out that only hurts others their loved ones ect and a fre who feel this way are employed by the public safety sector which makes you wonder how many chose to look the other way and let them go it was their choice to end their life right? Scary as deaths by suicide are climbing every year even in our active and inactive military. These people are crying out for help. Much respect to you Sgt. Griswold

October 06 2013 at 11:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

We hire Police Officers to take care of the crime in our towns and cities. Since when was it a crime to commit suicide? Who do you prosecute?

October 06 2013 at 10:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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It isn't a crime

October 23 2013 at 2:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

good job sgt!

October 05 2013 at 2:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Teachers, nurses, paramedics, fire fighters, and yes, police, doing their jobs.... all heroes

October 04 2013 at 8:47 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Wow, the posters on here are sad and pathetic. This police officer is a hero for coming to work every day and doing what he does. Nobody appreciates the police or military until they need them.

October 04 2013 at 8:46 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Teresa, you are so wrong. Over 99% of failed suicide attempts are glad that they were not successful a week later.

October 04 2013 at 6:30 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

May be a hero for preventing others from getting hurt, but not heroic for saving the life of the person attempting suicide.

October 04 2013 at 5:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Rationalist, I've often thought that myself. I have nothing but respect for our military. However, I don't call everyone that joins the military a hero. There are ones that go above an beyond and are heroes. However, those that just join to get an education or to get out of their parents' home or for a couple years' career, are not heroes. They are doing a job. Doing a job does not make you a hero. And I do not believe that every member of military personnel deserves the title "Hero" just because they serve. It's a job.

October 04 2013 at 5:22 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I agree that the word "hero" is thrown around way too much these days. People simply doing their jobs are constantly being called hero. A hero is someone who steps above and beyond what is expected or needed in order to save lives or prevent some tragedy. I do not believe this officer is a hero. However, he did something good. Good for him. I don't like seeing all these people saying if he didn't want attention, he wouldn't have released the video. There is absolutely no proof here that HE is the one who sent the video to the news people. I don't understand why people simply can't see something good being done and take it at that. They always have to put a negative spin on things. Maybe a week from now the man who tried to kill himself will be thankful he was stopped. Maybe he won't. Maybe he'll be pissed that he was stopped and will kill himself another time in another way. That's his choice. But the cop did his job. And I'd like to think, he did what anyone there would have done. Enough said.

October 04 2013 at 4:25 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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