How many of us would be prepared or willing to help a stranger on the street? One young teen did just that.
Seventeen year old Brennan Bardowski from Menominee, Michigan was driving across the Hattie Street Bridge last Wednesday when he noticed something unusual. A woman standing on the side of the bridge was slipping her shoes off in the cold snow. Having an uneasy feeling about what he’d seen he continued to watch the woman in his rear view mirror. When Brennan saw the woman making to climb over the ledge he stopped his car and slowly approached her. The woman told him that she meant to jump off the bridge.
Remarkably, Brennan Bardowski had recently watched a video at his high school, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy, which demonstrated this type of situation.
He continued to talk to her in a consoling way until he convinced her to come to safety! Another passer-by contacted the police who then responded.
Considering that there are many adults who may not notice or know what to do in a situation like this, the fact that this young man was alert and observant enough to notice and then was ready to act is incredible. Susan McGalla has learned that he was later presented with an award from his local Police department for his role in saving this woman’s life.
Click here to watch the interview with this amazing young man.