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On March 11 2005, Kevin Berthia
wanted to take his own life.
He had climbed over the railing of
the Golden Gate Bridge and was pre-
pared to end his life with a fatal jump
into the San Francisco Bay when he
heard a voice calling out to him from
It wasn t the voice of a spiritual pres-
ence but rather that of California High-
way Patrol (CHP) Officer Kevin Briggs.
The two talked for 60 life-changing
minutes before Berthia decided to climb
back up the bridge and give life another
Eight years later, the pair reunited as
part of an emotional ceremony hon-
ouring Briggs and other members of
the CHP whose job it is to verbally per-
suade suicidal men and women from
jumping off that bridge.
"It was phenomenal," Berthia, 30,
said about his reunion with Briggs at
the American Foundation for Suicide
Prevention public service ceremony.
"I didn t know what I was going to
feel, or how I was going to react," he
said. "But when I first saw him, he
walked up me and I just shook his hand.
It felt like I had known this man my
Since their first meeting, Berthia has
dramatically turned his life around. He
still resides in the Bay Area that is home
to his darkest of memories.
But he has now built a new life for
himself, with a successful marriage and
He says the time Briggs spent just
listening to him forged a connection
that helped put him on a path of mental
Over the years, it didn t seem likely
the two men would ever see each other
in person again. But in December 2012,
Briggs took part in a documentary video
with Yahoo that chronicled his expe-
riences of working the suicide prevention
beat on the bridge.
The story centred on Berthia s incident
while retaining his anonymity. But the
footage included an emotionally striking
photo of Berthia with back to the camera
and head hung low against the bridge
while Briggs attempted to console him.
The outpouring of positive responses
to the video provided a catalyst for the
After an initial meeting between Brig-
gs and Berthia s mother, the two men
and their families met privately in a
small room before the ceremony began.
"I wanted to meet him again," Briggs
However, things truly came full circle
when the two men took the stage.
Berthia introduced Briggs to the audi-
"People understood and could respect
our connection," Berthia said. "It was
more than just a CHP officer and a man
who was trying to commit suicide."
Much of the attention was under-
standably given to Berthia and his
courage in agreeing to speak publicly
about his personal experience.
But after his introduction, it was Brig-
gs who found himself overcome with
emotion and needing to lean on the
young man whose life he had helped
"He said I literally saved his life,"
Briggs added. "I said that he did it him-
self. He had the courage. It s his call."
Oftentimes, when police
receive reports of someone
committing suicide in Lake
Michigan, they arrive to find
only a pile of clothes---some-
times neatly folded at the
water s edge---and are too late
So when officers crested a
hill near Montrose Harbor and
shined their flashlights on a
man untying his shoes as
waves slapped against a nearby
breakwall, they hesitated for a
moment in disbelief. For once,
they faced the private prelude
rather than the aftermath of
"I ran down there and
grabbed him right away," Offi-
cer Marcus Buenrostro, 40,
said about the May 2 incident.
"I could feel him try to make
a motion towards the water,
but we blocked his path."
Moments earlier, Buenrostro,
a police marine unit officer sta-
tioned near Navy Pier, had
received word from police in
west suburban Addison that
the cellphone signal of a sui-
cidal man had been tracked to
the area near Montrose Harbor.
The man had texted his family:
"goodbye" and "sorry."
Less than 10 minutes later,
after speeding north on Lake
Shore Drive under sirens and
lights, Buenrostro arrived in
the harbour parking lot with
three other officers. Seconds
later, in a stroke of luck, the
officers found suicidal man s
Pontiac and made a beeline for
the water, where they found
the man, who was in his 20s,
crouching down undoing his
"Usually when we get there,
they ve already done what they
wanted to do. You re just
recovering these people, and
you never really feel anything,"
said Buenrostro, who estimates
he has dealt with at least 36
suicides in Lake Michigan and
the Chicago River during his
12-year-career, all after the
"So it was pretty cool to get
there this time. There wasn t
one hiccup in getting there...It
just wasn t his time to go."
Police foil suicide of man who
texted 'goodbye' and 'sorry'
Cop reunites with
suicidal man he saved
Sgt Kevin Briggs convinces Kevin Berthia to cross back to the safe side of the
rail on the Golden Gate Bridge on March 11, 2005. ---SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
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