The Moore Police Department has recognized two metro citizens as Good Samaritans after they helped talk a woman down off of the 12th Street bridge in town.
Marc Taylor and Mercedes Bristow were honored by the Moore Police Chief.
“It didn’t seem real,” Taylor, one of the Good Samaritans.
Taylor said he was in the area after he cleaned out his business that had just closed because of COVID-19. After him and his son ate lunch, they drove over the 12th Street bridge. That is when Taylor saw a woman step over the side of the bridge, and he knew he had to help.
"I thought, I wonder if that person is trying to drop stuff. Then we got to the stop light on the other side of the bridge and I looked back and I saw her stepping over the railing and then was sitting on top of the railing and then was sitting on top of it with her feet on the other side,” said Taylor.
Taylor, Bristow and officers all ultimately talked the woman down.
"The two people that stopped were instrumental in preventing a tragedy,” said Lt. Kyle Hill, with the Moore Police Department.
Taylor and Hill said that this is a moment to remember to check up on those you love and even people you meet in everyday life.
"There are people who need help and now more than ever with COVID-19 and the holidays around the corner. It is up to all of us as Oklahomans to reach out to our friends and family members to encourage one another,” said Hill.
Taylor also said that officers in this situation deserve a lot of credit. He said they were empathetic and showed how much they cared for members of the community they protect.
Editor's Note: If you need to talk to somebody, the Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 1-800-273-8255. You can also call 211 to get access to other support services, including the Reachout Hotline for Oklahomans overwhelmed by COVID-19. That number is 1-800-522-9054.