An incredibly heroic Guangxi police officer is now being treated in the hospital after he boldly saved a suicidal man who had thrown himself from the rooftop of a four-story apartment building by cushioning the man’s fall with his own body on Thursday.
Liang is injured after saving the suicidal man.
Liang Xiao, the police officer and his colleagues arrived at the scene at around 6:12 p.m. after being tipped off by local residents, NetEase reports.
Upon their arrival, the agitated man was pacing around the rooftop of the building and occasionally frightening onlookers by leaning unsteadily over the edge.
Liang and his colleagues quickly went to work evacuating the onlookers and cordoning off the site before trying their best to talk the suicidal man down from the rooftop.
As the rescue team began placing safety equipment on the street below, including an air cushion, the man suddenly leaped off the building. Amazingly, Liang rushed up and used his own body as a human shield to break the man’s fall and save his life.
Liang and the man were both rushed to the hospital. Doctors said that the injuries they sustained are not life threatening. Liang is being treated for several bruises, a broken left foot and swelling on his face.
Watch the incredible act of bravery here:
– Do not leave the person alone
– Remove any sharp objects, alcohol, drugs or firearms that could be used in a suicide attempt
– Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional
– Call the following hotlines for help: Lifeline Shanghai: 021-6279-8990 (English speakers; 10am – 10pm daily); HopeLine: 4001619995 (Chinese speakers; 24/7 toll-free access)
By Lucy Liu