Oklahoma Man Reconsiders Harming Himself after a Good Samaritan Preached to Him


A Good Samaritan in Oklahoma, Rick Jewell, has saved a man in the city from harming himself after he preached the good news to him. The unidentified man, who climbed above a highway, was experiencing mental challenges caused by pressing legal issues which he felt were beyond him.

According to News Channel 8, Jewell spent hours giving signs to the man because he feared that he would jump down.  He said to him, ‘’God loves you’’ in a bid to convince him that staying alive is worth it. Also, he informed the man that there was more to life than what he was doing. In his words,

 “I just started talking to him, and I told him there was more to life than what he was doing and that God loved him. He looked at me, and I told him to throw me his cigarettes. He threw me those. I said, 'Throw me that rope.' He threw me that rope. And I said, 'Now get down from there.' I said, 'They’re going to help you.' He headed down. Simple. It’s crazy."

In addition, Jewell said he prayed for 15 minutes for the man and he felt it was the prayer that made him to reconsider his decision.

In their response, Tulsa Police informed Newson6 that the department is pleased that the man came down unhurt on his own after almost seven hours staying up there. He was there from 9am till 4pm on Tuesday, June 15.

Tulsa Police Officer Andre Baul said that he conversed with the man for almost an hour with the assistance of fire officials, as he was given time to speak. 

"We want to make sure we give them time. We don’t want to rush the situation. And all of our training tells us that we don't rush the situation, we don't rush up, we don’t grab them or try to pull them down," Baul said. 

He stated that the distress man formerly had contact with negotiators in a different incident and admitted that he was in agony over unending legal challenges in his life. Consequently, he was afraid of the future if he continued living.

An onlooker, Trei Jackson, affirmed that even after six hours, the distressed man did not respond to calls for him to get down from the sign until Jewell interceded. He said that Jewell informed the man that Jesus loves him and that he didn’t do any wrong if came down. All he needed to do was ask for help. And eventually, the man came down. 

After climbing down from the sign, Tulsa Police said the man is receiving medical treatment.

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