Jesse Harrison is a 23-year-old amateur mixed martial artist who still has no win on his record, yet he brought home a heavier belt after successfully talking a man out of an attempt to end his own life.
During a busy day at Auckland’s Harbour Bridge two weeks ago, Harrison was on his way home after spending the day at work and the night at training. With the traffic heavier than usual, the MMA amateur thought there is some kind of an accident in the middle of the bridge.
However, it turned out as he got closer that someone was on the brink of committing suicide at the bridge’s rail that leads to a 142-foot drop to the Pacific Ocean. It was 7:30 pm and people are all so occupied by where they are heading but someone has to come forward.
Apparently, the man’s car had been stranded in the middle of the road, blocking most of the motorists’ left lane. He was climbing over the rail at what looks like an attempt to jump towards the water.
In an interview with The New Zealand Herald, Harrison detailed an act that he decided to do despite never being confronted with a similar situation before.
“Basically I pulled over straight away, hazards on, and hit the gas on foot. I’m in jandals (Japanese style sandals) so I’m trying to get there as fast as I can as he makes his way over the edge.”
As the amateur fighter who’s also a gym instructor was starting to convince the man to give himself another chance, he tried to tell him to consider his loved ones. In reply, the man said he had no family.
Despite this, Harrison assured him that there is always something to live for. Luckily, two other drivers arrived and altogether, they grabbed the man down the other side of the railing.
“I’m grateful those guys were there too because I wouldn’t be able to pull him back myself,” Harrison stated.
No Matter What
In the middle of calming the man down and calling the police, the group of men gathered him to the safe side of the railing. They held him tight until the cops arrive to manage the situation.
It took Harrison less than a second to decide that he has to prevent someone from committing suicide. Depression and other mental health problems are a real thing and people suffering from them needs help now more than ever.
“I’m just grateful that I was there and I took that lane particularly and I was there to help the guy out. I’m glad that he made it out okay and lived to see another day, I guess.”
“If there’s anything to believe in it’s that there’s always someone to help, no matter what circumstance you’re in,” the amateur fighter said.
Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Jesse Harrison and Instagram/Artem Shaitarov