February 7th, 2012, 3:30pm, jumper on the Aurora Bridge, suicide fence be damned.
SPD rolls response, no guns drawn, no tasers, no batons, no beatings … just a friendly hand, some encouraging words, and an ambulance ride to Harborview. Crisis averted. For now.
I’ve been hard on the SPD lately. We all have.
Today, however, I was reminded that boys in blue aren’t all bad. We still have human beings on the force. Human beings with real compassion, real empathy, and real humanity.
I hesitated to post this photograph. After all, what if I was photographed in my most vulnerable moment, and the photo was put on the Internet for all to see?
After thinking it over for a couple of hours, however, I decided to go ahead and put it up. I don’t think this one is gratuitous. I don’t think it makes anyone look bad. I don’t think it’s embarrassing. To the contrary, I think it gives some of us hope. Especially the more cynical among us.
Thanks, my brother. I needed to see what I saw today on the Aurora Bridge. I’m just sorry it took your unbearable pain to make it happen.