(The State) Eight minutes and 30 seconds – that’s how long it took Master Patrol Officer Michael Blackmore to talk a man out of jumping off a bridge into traffic early Saturday morning.
The rescue is shown on body-worn camera video captured by the Columbia Police Department. Blackmore and two other officers, along with two EMS workers, responded to the 3600 block of Farrow Road and found the man crying, sitting on the guardrail with his feet dangling over S.C. 277.
The time? 3:45 a.m., according to the incident report.
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It’s not clear from video footage or the incident report why the man was ready to jump. He can be heard on video telling Blackmore that he’s tired of living. But the 35-year-old officer wouldn’t accept that.