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Video: Oklahoma City police officer catches man who jumped off bridge

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OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma City police officer risked his own life to save another, when a man attempted to jump off a bridge.

The brave officer said Saturday he did something he's never done before.

It's a tale of heroism, but this officer said he was doing his job.

A job that involves helping everyone, even those that are ready to end their life here on earth.

"Somebody had been driving by, and they saw him," said Sgt. Jacob Cole with the Oklahoma City Police Department. "They wanted us to go by and check the welfare."

A call for help, a man in just his 30's was standing at the top of the I-35 bridge over S.E. 89th St.

"As soon as I pulled up, I said, 'Hey, what's going on?" Cole said. "First thing out of his mouth was, 'I'm going to jump off this bridge.'"

Words describing hopelessness.

"I wasn't going to let him go," Cole said. "He said, 'You think he'll forgive me?' And, I didn't know what to say. I said, 'Let's not do this. Let's talk about this.'"

Cole said the man was determined to go.

"I said, 'No, let's don't do that,'" Cole said. "I tried to get a little closer to him, and he threw a leg up over the ledge. I just kept trying to talk to him."

An attempt to talk the man out of his plan.

"He eventually quit looking at me, and he started praying," Cole said.

Perhaps, getting ready for what was next.

"I kept inching a little bit closer to him every time he'd look away," Cole said. "All of the sudden, he went."

For a moment, the man's body suspended feet over a concrete road.

"I just reached out and grabbed a hold of him," Cole said. "I got a hold of his shirt, and I was holding on."

Cole clutching on to save one man's life, while risking his own.

"Out of no where, a Norman officer comes running up, helps me get a hold of him," Cole said. "We pulled him over and got him back on the right side of the bridge."

The man, now, back on his feet.

"Just glad, like I said, glad I got to help him," Cole said. "Hopefully, he'll get the help he needs, and he'll recover from this and move on down the road with his life."

Oklahoma City Police said the number of mental health calls they've responded to has doubled since 2011.

In 2014, they responded to 14, 000 mental health calls.