Woman recites Linkin Park lyrics to stop man from jumping off a ledge
On July 20, 2017, Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington completed suicide by hanging at his home in California, bringing the life of one of the most beloved frontmen in music to an end.
As his family, friends, bandmates, and fans attempted to cope with the loss, Bennington's death was yet another reminder that no matter your wealth and status, and no matter how many loving people you have around you, depression and suicide can claim anybody at any time.
However, despite no longer being with us, the late musician's lyrics are still saving lives. As reported by Orlando's WKMG-TV, a Florida woman by the name of Christina Settanni recently used the band's lyrics from their track 'One More Light' in order to stop a suicidal man from jumping from a highway ledge and to his death.
Check out this incredible story in the video below:
Amazingly, Settanni doesn't usually take this route to work, but on this day, she was running late and decided to take State Road 408. But on her way into work, the health care worker noticed a man in her rearview mirror sitting on the ledge of a bridge, with his legs dangling over.
Settanni then made the brave and compassionate decision to stop her car and go join the man on the ledge. Speaking to WKMG ClickOrlando.com, Settani revealed: "I stopped because I've been where he is. He needed someone to show they cared".
Fearing the man would jump, Settanni also revealed how she was willing to risk her own life in order to save him: "There was a moment he moved forward, and I did move towards him. Like, 'If you go, I go.'"
Drawing on anything she could to prevent the man from jumping, Settanni recited lyrics from the Linkin Park track 'One More Light': "Who cares if one more light goes out? Well, I do."
Settanni recalled: "I didn't know if it clicked with him, but he just cried."
Hundreds of cars had passed the man, but nobody had got out to stop. Fortunately, several people did make 911 calls, prompting Deputy Shawn Cayer to rush to the scene. When he arrived, he was unaware of what exactly was going on, but quickly realized Settanni was sat with the man in order to comfort and protect him. Although, the officer did admit she would have preferred it if she did not choose to put her own life at risk.
As the bodycam footage shows, Deputy Cayer was forced to grab the man and drag him to the safety of the road. After the man was brought to safety, he revealed he had made some poor decisions recently and felt the best thing for his family was if he ended his life. While the man was not arrested, he was taken to a mental health care facility.
"You've got to just keep trying man. Think about what this would do to your mamma if you hurt yourself", Cayer told the man.
If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741. Or you can find a list of national numbers HERE.