Officer Hurt Trying to Save Man's Life

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A tragedy became very public as a police officer tried to save a man's life in Charleston.

Officer Matt Hill responded to a 911 call just before 8 a.m. Friday about a car parked along the interstate just before the Leon Sullivan exit. Charleston Police say when Officer Hill spoke to the man he knew something was wrong so he asked him if he was planning to jump, but the man said no. Then, within seconds the man went to the edge of the bridge and jumped.

Police say Officer Hill was heroic in his attempt to save the man's life.

"The officer, Matt Hill, actually grabbed a hold of him and received some injuries as a result. He was trying to save the man, did the best he could. But, but it was too much weight from going over the edge of the bridge," Lt. Steve Cooper, with Charleston Police Department said.

Police say Hill was injured during the incident, but physically he is going to be okay.

A few roads near Capitol Market were blocked during the incident.

Sadly, this is the second time in recent years something like this has happened in this area of the interstate.


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