Raleigh police officer talks man off bridge and gives him a hug

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- Powerful video from a NC DOT camera shows a Raleigh police officer's act of compassion Wednesday evening.

It happened on the Beltline over Wade Avenue just after 7 p.m. when police got a call about a man who was hanging over the edge of the bridge.

Obviously, the man was in distress and needed help. Officer Dan Hicks reached out to the man and developed a rapport with him.

After a short period of time, the man agreed to come off the bridge. That's when Hicks hugged the man for quite some time, then walked the man back to a car.

The story is a reminder that there is help for people in mental distress. Call the HopeLine at (877) 235-4525 or go to http://www.hopeline-nc.org/

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