Michigan Police Officers Help Save A Man’s Life With Just A Hug
It's currently the hardest time of the year to be a Michigander. If the ice and snow aren't enough to bum you out, the lack of sunlight we see in the winter months can do it. So, if you struggle with Seasonal Depression while living in Michigan, you're not alone.
In fact, according to experts nearly 10 million American adults suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. So, you're probably one of the rare ones if you don't find yourself getting the wintertime blues.
And that's exactly what happened to a Macomb County man last week. He was driving when he says he felt "overwhelmed" and pulled over his car to breathe.
In winter weather, the Macomb County Sheriffs Officers are diligent to make sure people are safe and not stopped in places where they could harm themselves or others, and that's why two patrol cars stopped to check on the man when they saw him pulled over.
When he rolled down the window, they probably didn't expect to see a grown man sobbing. But how they handled that, deserves it's own award. They asked the unknown man if they could do anything to help him, and he only had one answer...
"Can I have a hug?"
Let me tell you, my heart broke hearing the pain in this man's voice that was captured by the officer's body cams. And without missing a beat, the officer happily reached out and offered the man the hug he needed so badly.
They sat with him for awhile, and he shared his story of how he got to where he was on the side of that road.
They then offered some resources, and reminded the man he wasn't alone. The entire video of their encounter with him is over 3 minutes long, but that short time may have saved this man's life.
@detroitfreepress Two troopers in Macomb County, Michigan, helped a man who was overwhelmed and just wanted a hug. They handled it in the best way possible. #policing #Michigan #bodycam #hugs ♬ original sound - Detroit Free Press
So while sometimes we think of lives being saved as someone running to a car wreck scene, or saving someone from a robber, when in reality: sometimes we need a little help saving us from ourselves.
And remember, if you or someone you knows needs help, there are resources for you. You can dial 988 for the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, which is available throughout Michigan.