February 16, 2016 Raleigh, N.C. A teenager intent on harming herself was standing on a bridge over Interstate 40 Tuesday. The teens mother Maria Daley credited the officer from Raleigh for saving her daughters life. “If the officer had not been there, she probably would have jumped,” “Normally when the police are called, none of the officers know sign language. I’m very excited someone was out there to communicate with her.” Daley told WNCN news.
It all started at about 3:30 P.M. and was captured on D.O.T. cameras as the Officer stood in the middle of the roadway using sign language to talk to the distraught teen while other officers stopped traffic.
Traffic was backed up for about 5 miles and the patient officer signed with the teen until she decided to come off the bridge at about 4:45 P.M..
The officer has declined to be identified and the Raleigh Police Department says they have no ASL training program. The officer learned how to sign on his own, police say
The teen was upset after her mother took her cell phone away for using messaging applications that were anonymous. She had left her residence upset leaving a note behind stating she was going to the bridge area.
Her mother had apparently taken the phone worried about so many abuse cases rising from the use of such phone applications.
It was unclear how the Officer who knew sign language became aware of the situation, we are however thankful that he was at the right place at the right time to talk the young girl off the bridge.
He was also able to translate for another person who reportedly spoke with the girl as she was considering her options.
Sean Day who witnessed the incident stated that the Officer showed great patience and didn’t allow anything else interfere with what was going on.