ASHEVILLE, North Carolina (WLOS) – An Asheville City Associate is recognized for saving a man’s life. Asheville police said Anthony ‘Buzz’ Brown stopped a man from killing himself.
Brown said it happened on Sand Hill Road last Wednesday.
“The thing that annoyed me the most was how many people drove by him and knew what condition he was in,” Brown said.
Brown said he was driving and doing his job as a leak detection specialist for the city when he noticed a man in distress standing on the bridge over Interstate 40.
He said he turned around immediately, got out of his vehicle and approached the man.
“I told him my name. I asked his name, ”said Brown. “He told me there was nothing I could do to help or save him.”
Brown told the man he wasn’t there to judge him. He told him he was there because he was taking care of it.
“Told him I had a story to tell and I needed him to listen,” he said.
Brown said the man told him what he went through.
“I explained to him that I also had a brother who committed suicide and the pain never really goes away. It gets easier every day, but the pain never really goes away, ”he said.
While they were talking, Brown said the man was walking slowly back to Brown’s car.
“And finally we got off this bridge safely,” he said.
Asheville police then arrived and took the man to the hospital for medical assistance.
Asheville Police Officer Vincent Garetto said in a statement to the city:
Anthony tried to leave and didn’t make much of it, but I had to get his name because I’m confident Anthony may have jumped before the officers arrived without Anthony stopping and talking to the man. Anthony saved a life very well today and should be recognized for his actions. “Brown said he wouldn’t call himself a hero.
“Just something we have to do for one another, love one another,” he said.
When you see someone in need, Brown encourages you to step in and get involved.
The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is toll-free around the clock. All you have to do is call 1-800-273-8255.
Asheville city manager Debra Campbell recognized Brown at the city council meeting that week.
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