News

Actions

Doctor saves man from jumping off Coronado Bay Bridge

Posted at 6:59 PM, Nov 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-10 21:59:57-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Doctor saves man from jumping off Coronado Bay Bridge

A Coronado doctor is sharing his story of talking down a bridge jumper in hopes others will see how someone can be helped from a desperate situation.

Dr. Matthew Bruhin was driving back on the Coronado Bay Bridge with his wife when they noticed a man walking on the side of the bridge.

RELATED: San Diego-based senator seeks stronger safety measures on Coronado Bridge

Bruhin says traffic was moving slow enough where he put on his hazard lights and began talking with the man.

At one point, the doctor says the man asked Bruhin and his wife to look away.

Bruhin is the CEO of a mental health firm and says he and his wife kept the conversation going with the man until the would-be jumper accepted their help.

RELATED: Cycling, pedestrian 'tube' could be added to Coronado Bay Bridge

The psychotherapist says he is grateful that law enforcement let him continue talking to the man rather than bringing in a police negotiator.

According to Bruhin, the man is a patient and no longer suicidal.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for the man. 

San Diego Crisis Hotline

888-724-7240