With cops on the scene, Hudson resumed his route. Hudson, a bus driver for 24 years, seemed to get through to the woman and she moved away from the ledge when the Dayton police arrived.
“I just knew I needed to talk to her.”
Dayton RTA driver Damone Hudson stands in the door of his bus talking to a suicidal woman. (Youtube screengrab)
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This month, Hudson will be honoured by his employer for talking down the woman.
Quick-thinking Damone Hudson, who drives for the Dayton Regional Transit Authority, stopped on the Main Street Bridge when he spotted a suicidal woman who appeared set to jump onto the Great Miami River. He stopped his bus and started talking to the woman, who was standing outside the fence on the bridge.
An Ohio bus driver is being hailed as a hero after making an unscheduled stop on his route last month.
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“Why don’t we come back over on the side of the rail? Hey miss, why don’t we come back on this side of the rail for me?” Can I give you a hug?” Hudson asked the woman, according to security video on the bus. “Ma’am, you look like you’re having a bad day, you know. …
“I wasn’t trying to be heroic,” Hudson told Fox 45, “I just saw someone that looked like she was definitely in pain or trouble and I just wanted to make a connection.
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