CHANDLER (3TV/CBS 5) – When a 26-year-old man was at the lowest point in his life and ready to end it all recently, a Chandler police officer was there to help.

It happened during a late March evening and the officer's body camera was recording. The Chandler Police Department posted the video to its Facebook page, saying the compassion the officer showed "is a common occurrence with the men [and] women of the Chandler Police Department."

It's a situation you've probably seen played out on a cop show or in a movie -- an officer talking a suicidal person off the ledge. 

But this was real.

According to the post, the man had climbed over the railing of a pedestrian bridge over the Loop 101 Price Freeway. He was on the other side of the fence and ready to jump.

Enter Officer Aaron Ron Little.

[WATCH: Little's body cam video]

"I will give you a hug," Little told the man. He then introduced himself, telling the man that people call him Ron.

"I need you to come over here with me," Little, who has been with CPD for five years, said.

"I don't know why," the man can be heard saying as he appeared to be climbing lower.

"Don't you want that hug?" Little asked. "Then come up here. I will give you that hug."

The video shows the man clinging to the fence as Little continues talking calmly to him.

"Please climb up over that fence, buddy," he said. "Please. It's just me and you, man. That's it."

He did climb back over, and Little gave him that promised hug.

"You all right?" Little asked.

"Yeah," the man said with a sob.

Little then walked the man back to his patrol car.

"You can put your arm around me; I don't give a crap, man," he said.

The last thing you hear on the video, which was edited and redacted to protect the man's identity, is Little asking another question.

"What's going on?"

 


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(19) comments

Phillup Witgas

Well now, I got just one thing to say here... I want MORE MARSHMALLOWS in my rocky road ice cream. Dang it.

andthesurveysays

Now that's earning your pay and then some. Good work!

Shredder

The cop should have let him jump, or have given him a little push in the very least. Does anyone think this jumper won't try it again? Waste of our resources and our cops time.

slab1911

shredder, why don't you do it for him.

Shredder

Hmm, that's food for thought, slab1911.

Robs

Set him free of this world of misery and torment , push him E just needed a little help. [crying]

Amico

well the officer obviously knew this video will on internet so I don't buy all this compassion I saw way too many police officers kill a mental ill person all across America and that is the true reality no ones want to talk about

ObeyLaws

That's right, Amigo, don't give ANY credit to ANY police officers ever....keep the hate alive!!

Agustus Gloop

"keep the hate alive!!" Brought to you by Brown Cancer Dude and The Z Man. Keep the hypocrisy alive!!

ObeyLaws

Veruca - Thank you for being a faithful fan and continuing to help promote my message. I appreciate your support in drawing attention to my commentary.

slab1911

Isn't that the truth!

Wearenotperfect

How many laws have you broken today LawDog? Hypocrite!

Daddy

You don't look at officers as individuals or things they do as the individual officer's doing, you look at an entire profession as having been part of individual officers doings? In your opinion or way of thinking one officer who's had a stellar job performance, has helped many people in his community, and has no blemishes or complaints in his career should be held accountable for and criticized for the wrong doings of a rogue or corrupt officer who clearly abuses his power among other wrong doings?

Wearenotperfect

No, but yes!! Individuals get blamed by police all the time for the actions of another. Just look at your local area man being charged with selling ammunition to the deranged Las Vegas shooter. I'll wait for your rude and derogatory response Daddy Boy.

ObeyLaws

not perfect - How about a rude and derogatory response response from me? Will that suffice? You said "Individuals get blamed by the police all the time for the actions of another." That is a patently absurd notion, a wildly inaccurate spurious correlation, and yet so typical of the faultless, lack of personal accountability society today. It's not MY fault I'm committing a crime - it's the police officer's fault for catching me at it.....good grief.

Mingusdad

Awesome job sir. Thank you for your compassion and your service. Hey wazoolie, how about you pull your lower lip over your head and swallow? Do us all a favor and just go away.

Agustus Gloop

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theazdude

Wow....Nice job.

Wazoolie

Darwin got cheated out of one.

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