DPD officers nominated for award for pulling suicidal man from bridge

Two officers with the Dallas Police Department are being called hero cops.

Sixteen-year DPD sergeant Bronco McCoy and six-year veteran Officer Daniel Mulvihill have both been nominated for a Lifesaving Bar after pulling a man from  a South Dallas highway overpass who was willing to jump.

The incident during the Thanksgiving holiday, but the police department recently released dash camera video from what it happened.

What McCoy and Mulvihill found was a distraught man threatening to jump from the Martin Luther King overpass onto Hwy. 175 below.

"He had hopped over the railing, was standing on the support beam right there that kind of holds up the sign itself, just kind of staring down into traffic," said Mulvihill.

"Did y'all talk about what you were gonna do?" asked FOX 4's Shaun Rabb.

"No, sir," he came from one side of the bridge and I came from the other, so we had no time to talk about it or come up with a strategy," said McCoy. "He made eye contact with me, so I go head and I start talking to him…want to find out what his name is, what's going on, is it something we can talk about."

"And as you were coming up, what were you thinking?" Rabb said to Mulvihill.

"Once he engaged and started talking to Sgt. McCoy, he never even knew that I was there, which kind of gave me the idea that we might have an opportunity to kind of sneak up on him and take care of him," said Mulvihill.

"'Cause you could see him coming in your peripheral vision?" said Rabb.

"Yes, sir," said McCoy.  

"And you just kept talking?" said Rabb.  

"Yes, sir," said McCoy.

"We kind of, [McCoy] and I kind of made eye contact and gave each other the nod, and we both kind of knew what time it was," said Mulvihill. "I had an opportunity to come up behind him and get a good firm grip on him underneath his shoulders. He outweighed me by a little bit, and it took a little muscle to get him over the thing."

"Yeah, he was clinging on," said McCoy. "He didn't want to let go."

The man was taken off the ledge and into custody for a mental evaluation.

"People will say, ‘Well hey, they're just doing their job. This is what they're supposed to do. That's what they signed up for,'" said Rabb.

"It's true, but I mean, we do this because we have a servant's heart," said McCoy.


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