Student’s gut instinct saves a life…and resulted in an unexpected offer

ROUND ROCK, Texas – If you saw a car stopped along the side of the road, what would you do?

One Texas college student decided to pull over and find out what was wrong.

He is now being called a life saver.

For Blake Pryor, helping out has always come naturally.

“Just a person doing what the Lord would ask us to do and that’s helping other people,” he said.

The Round Rock Police Department isn’t calling him just a person; they say he’s a hero.

“I don’t think he considers himself a hero, but, personally, I do,” said Chris Cox, with the Round Rock Police Department.

Last week, as Pryor drove up the 45 flyover in Round Rock, something wasn’t right.

“It was just instinct. I’m not sure what made me think that. I just had a gut feeling,” he said.

A woman in her 20s was pulled over at the top and leaning over the edge.

“When I first got there, she was leaning over the bridge, just looking down. And when I got there, I leaned over the bridge with her so I could look her in the face and let her know that I was there,” he said.

Police estimate the drop from the flyover is more than 100 feet, directly above I-35.

“She did make a motion to jump. I just grabbed her, I gave her a hug and I told her, you know, it’s not worth it,” he said.

When the police department posted what happened on Facebook, the community responded.

The post now has more than 3,200 likes and hundreds of comments.

“It’s kind of uncomfortable, I didn’t expect this at all,” Pryor said.

“Everyone goes through tough times and everyone needs help and I was just fortunate enough and blessed enough to be the one that was there to help her,” he added.

While many drivers saw the same thing, Pryor was the only one who pulled over.

His mother says he has always been that kind of a person, ever since he was a young child.

“When we’d go into Austin, and there would be people standing on the corners, he’d want to bring them home with us,” said Deneice Pryor.

The 21-year-old says he hopes he can continue to make a difference in the community.

He is pursing a career in law enforcement and since his daring intervention, the offers have pouring in.

“I’ve already been contacted by a few police departments, asking if I’d like to work for them,” he said.

Those offers include one from the Round Rock Police Department, who say they’d be lucky to have a hero among their ranks.