A Richland County sheriff’s deputy was honored Tuesday at the American Legion Post 182 with the Lifesaver Award after his actions saved a man who was going to jump from an I-20 overpass last year.
Sheriff Leon Lott said on September 10, 2014 Senior Cpl. James Gore was flagged down by a concerned citizen who said a man with a rope tied around his neck was about to jump off the Spears Creek Church Road overpass that spans I-20. When Gore made contact with the man, the man told him that he did not want to live anymore and expressed the hard times he was going through.
Lott said Gore told the man that, although what he was going through might be tough, it was not worth ending his life over. As a large crowd began to gather on the bridge, Gore asked the man if members of his family were in the crowd. When the man looked, Gore grabbed the man and pulled him off of the bridge railing and onto the sidewalk. The man later told Gore he made a good move by pulling him from danger.
Since the incident, Lott said the man has found a new reason to live and has found gainful employment and has sought help for his issues.