Have you been hugged by a cop today? A suicidal man had that experience Wednesday when he was sitting on the railing of an interstate overpass.
According to ABC11, out of Raleigh, North Carolina, Raleigh Police officer Dan Hicks found the man sitting on the edge of the Interstate 440 bridge over Wade Avenue and decided to related to him as a person rather than as a police officer. Hicks told the man that he was there to help him and asked him to step back over the railing.
Hicks explains, "I introduced myself by my first name and at that point we were just two people. In my mind, I had already made the decision that he was coming over to my side of the bridge."
The man complied, and Hicks folded him into a big hug for several seconds and told him "You're OK" and "It's over."
Hicks didn't tell many people about the incident, not even his wife, but a surveillance camera caught his compassionate actions.
Hicks added, "...I hugged him for one of two reasons: It looked like he was in a position where he needed it. And it's okay to give a guy a hug. I really believe that. And the second thing is because I'm the only officer there and, again, I don't know anything about this individual - for his safety and for mine I wanted him close to me. So I pulled him in, gave him a big hug and I think it's what he needed."