"Guardian Of The Golden Gate Bridge” Saved More Than 200 From Jumping.
When Kevin Briggs joined the California Highway Patrol in the early 1990s, he never thought that he would become the “Guardian of The Golden Gate Bridge.” When Kevin had gotten out the military, he began working as a guard for the San Quentin State Prison. But eventually, he decided that he might be a better fit as a highway patrolman and that’s where our story begins.
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When Kevin first started working for the California Highway Patrol, he was given the assignment known as the Golden Gate beat.
Assuming that he would be handling traffic violations and kicking trespassers off of the bridge, he felt that he was prepared for the work to come. Soon enough, Kevin was made aware that the Golden Gate Bridge, which was built in 1937, was infamously known as a spot for people to end their lives. In fact, ever since its construction, more than 1500 people have jumped to their deaths.
Despite having served in the armed services, Kevin had unknowingly accepted the hardest job of his life.
“I had no training before I went out there – it was just a beat I was working,” said Kevin. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t take too long for Kevin to realize just how grave the situation on the bridge was. Shortly after starting his new job, Kevin met his first suicidal woman, but because he wasn’t trained, he had no clue how to properly help her.
Like most people, Kevin simply thought that the woman was trespassing on the bridge.
“I went into what I call ‘cop mode,” recalled Kevin. At the time, he had no clue what she was planning and he told her that she was going to fall if she wasn’t careful. “I had no idea that this thing was going on – that she was contemplating suicide,” said Kevin.
Unfortunately, things quickly turned for the worst and Kevin was put into an extremely tough position.
“I did about everything wrong that you could,” Briggs said. “In the back of my mind, I was thinking, ‘Am I responsible if she does jump? What happens here? I had no training in this. This is a really bad scene.’…I was afraid, I didn’t know how to handle that situation.”
Luckily, that woman had a change of heart and chose to give her life another try.
After that first incident, Kevin met even more suicidal people on the bridge. “There were four to six cases of suicidal folks on the bridge each and every month,” he explained. Kevin had no clue how to handle the situation, but he did the best that he could.
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