(TheRedWire.com) – Every day across the world, people perform extraordinary acts of sacrifice to help their fellow citizens in need. Maya Angelou wrote, “Life Is Not Measured By the Number of Breaths We Take, But By the Moments That Take Our Breath Away.” On September 24 in West Springfield, Massachusetts, several good Samaritans stopped their cars on a bridge when they saw a woman about to jump into the river below.
Good Samaritans Rescue Distressed Woman Preparing to Jump From Bridge in Massachusettshttps://t.co/zYc4WTFeAC
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The woman climbed over the bridge railing and was prepared to jump before first responders could arrive to try and talk her out of the dangerous situation. They made it to her just in time. The drivers somehow persuaded the woman not to follow through and moments later helped her back over the railing to the safety of the bridge surface.
Soon after, first responders arrived and transported the woman to an area hospital. Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood and Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno applauded and recognized the civilians for their bravery and selfless act.
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The selfless act of those who helped the woman that day in Springfield is an inspiration to us all. They took our breath away and offered several more to a woman in need.
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