A South Carolina patrolman named Michael Blackmore helped save a man's life by chatting with him about Gamecocks football and the Washington Redskins.
According to Glen Luke Flanagan of The State, Master Patrol Officer Michael Blackmore talked a man out of jumping off of a bridge in Columbia, South Carolina last Saturday. Blackmore leveled with the man by talking about football teams - specifically the South Carolina Gamecocks and the Washington Redskins, his two favorite teams.
“I just wanted to get his mind off of what was bothering him,” Blackmore told The State in an interview Thursday.
He found out the man was a fan of the Washington Redskins and the University of South Carolina Gamecocks.
“You’re just having a bad night tonight,” Blackmore told him. “But tomorrow night, when you’re sitting around and you’re watching the Gamecocks – or on Sunday when you’re watching the Redskins play or whatever – you’ll look back (like), ‘Man, what was I thinking Friday night?’ You’re just having a bad night.”
Blackmore and two other officers were eventually able to get him into an ambulance safely.
Props to Blackmore for thinking on his feet - that kind of situation is never easy.