How Truckers Fit Into Michigan Police's Suicide Prevention Strategy

April 25, 2018 AT 9:00 AM

13 semi truck drivers became heroes Tuesday morning as they helped Michigan State Police coax a man off a busy highway overpass.

The Michigan State Police organized a unique way to help a man who was threatening suicide on a highway overpass: they pulled together multiple semi truck drivers to help shorten the fall.

It's a tactic that most of us haven't seen before but we learned today it's actually something Michigan State Police have been doing for decades: line up semi trucks next to each other in hopes that if someone were to jump, the fall is shorter. Lt. Mike Shaw says they started this 23 years ago.

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