‘You’re okay, it’s over’
This last Wednesday started out like any other day for Raleigh police officer Dan Hicks. That is, until after 7pm, when he was given a call that a man was sitting over a bridge railing. His car camera captured what happened next.
Hicks tells ABC11,
“I introduced myself by my first name and at that point we were just two people, In my mind, I had already made the decision that he was coming over to my side of the bridge. And thankfully, he took my compassionate statement to say you can come back to the other side of this bridge with me. When I was pulling him in tight, the only thing that I said to him was that you’re okay and it’s over.”
It was that moment that Hicks hugged the man.
“And I hugged him for one of two reasons: It looked like he was in a position where he needed it. And it’s okay to give a guy a hug. I really believe that. And the second thing is because I’m the only officer there and, again, I don’t know anything about this individual – for his safety and for mine I wanted him close to me. So I pulled him in, gave him a big hug and I think it’s what he needed.”
When Hicks went home, he didn’t even think to tell his wife what happened. He told her that he was going to be late. Hicks explains to ABC11 that it was just part of the job and that anyone would have done it. It is truly remarkable what Hicks was able to accomplish!