Damone Hudson, a Dayton, Ohio bus driver, was crossing the Main Street Bridge over the Great Miami River in Dayton when he saw a woman standing on the other side of the rail.
Surveillance footage from the bus shows Hudson instantly pulling his bus over to the side of the road before exiting the vehicle to urge the troubled woman to step back onto the safety of the sidewalk.
“‘Ma’am, you look like you’re having a bad day, you know. Can I give you a hug?’ And it was just anything to get her to come back over on the other side of the rail,” Hudson said.
Via Fox 45 WHIO:
Bus surveillance video recorded what Hudson said when he was first speaking to the woman. “Why don’t we come back over on the side of the rail? … Hey miss, why don’t we come back on this side of the rail for me?” The video didn’t capture what else Hudson said to the woman after he stepped off the bus, but he told News Center 7’s Natalie Jovonovich about his intervention.
While Hudson was out of the bus attempting to talk the woman down, someone else, presumably a passenger, called for help. Hudson continued speaking to the woman until a Dayton Police Department crisis intervention specialist arrived at the scene.
“Everyone’s going through something. Even if you are, just reach out and try to touch someone, even if it’s in a small way,” he told WHIO.
Jason Allen, of the RTA, told WHIO that Hudson is one of their best drivers.
If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 800-273-TALK or you can visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org