It is never a boring day for Florida officers - from arresting the bad guys to saving kitties stuck in a storm drain, their job always calls for quick thinking and action. Yesterday was no different - the Hillsborough County Sheriff Office's Crisis Negotiators faced the daunting task of trying to talk a suicidal man down from a cell phone tower.
According to the information shared by the Sheriff's Office, the suicidal man climbed up about 150 feet on one of the local cell phone towers before Corporal Oquendo, the lead negotiator, was able to use his bilingual skills to convince the man there was a better way.
"I felt like I just wanted him to give me the chance to talk to him. I told him that we all go through hard times and just [wanted him to] give me the opportunity to help him," Corporal Oquendo said during an interview. "It is always the best feeling when you are able to help somebody through hard times."
The shocking ordeal was caught on both video and photo by the police force, and thankfully this time there was a good outcome. You can see some of the footage posted by the sheriff's office below.
In this video, you can hear both the officer and the man exchanging words. "Give us an opportunity to help you," Corporal pleads with the man. "Tell me what's going on."
The man replied but it is hard to make out his response due to background noise on the video.
After negotiations lasting for what seemed like forever, the man finally decided to climb down.
People are now sending tons of praise to the sheriff's office for their good work in saving the man's life. One Facebook user wrote, "Thank you for saving that man in so many ways. You are my heroes."
You can watch the interview with Corporal Oquendo below.
He reminds anyone who is going through tough times that they aren't alone and that people care. If you need to speak with someone please call 813-234-1234.
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