‘I love you, man’: Deputies save man from jumping off highway overpass

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RICHLAND COUNTY, S.C. – Two South Carolina deputies are being credited with saving a man who was about to jump off a highway overpass and into traffic.

The Charlotte Observer reported that two Richland County deputies saved the man after he climbed the guardrail of the Parklane Road/S.C. 277 overpass on July 26.

The man said he wanted to die after his wife left him and took his son and daughter.

“When I got there, he was screaming frantically, telling her that he couldn’t live any more – he didn’t want to live any more,” Lt. Albert McLendon told the paper on Wednesday.

The rescue was caught on dashcam video from the deputy’s patrol vehicle. It took officers about two minutes to save the man.

“I just knew at that point this guy needed to hear that someone cared about him – and it was me, of all people,” McLendon said. “I said, ‘Man, I love you, man. I’m not going to let you do this to yourself.’”