Everyday heroes are all around us, often in the places we least expect them. It might sound cliché, but it’s true.
Early Tuesday morning, 13 truck drivers certainly proved themselves as such when they joined together in a life-saving act of kindness. The drivers used their vehicles to form a barricade in order to prevent a man from jumping off an overpass along I-696 in Michigan.
A picture of the barricade, which was posted to the Twisted Trucker’s Facebook page, is going viral.
“Teamwork in Detroit,” the caption of the picture said. “Guy over on the bridge in the white was trying to commit suicide, truckers all lined up to try to prevent it.”
Chris Harrison, who claims to have driven the truck on the far left, explained how it all came together in a comment on the post.
“The cops came up and waved 6 or 7 of us through and then stopped us under the bridge,” he wrote. “Same thing on the west bound [sic] side.”
Harrison said the drivers remained in place from 1 to 3 a.m. until the man was talked down from the overpass. Once he was out of harm’s way, police and highway patrolmen thanked the drivers, shook their hands, and let them go.
This situation truly shows that incredible things can happen when a group of kind strangers comes together.
Chris Harrison didn’t immediately return INSIDER’s request for comment.
If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or has had thoughts of harming themselves or taking their own life, get help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) provides 24/7, free, confidential support for people in distress, as well as best practices for professionals and resources to aid in prevention and crisis situations.