A fan helped save a life on Sunday during the Raiders loss to the Titans at the Oakland Coliseum. According to the San Francisco Chronicle a woman jumped off of the top deck of the Coliseum following the team’s loss to the Tennessee Titans. The lady climbed up to section 301 – an upper level above the end zone – and jumped down to an area that was about 45 feet below.
A couple of fans outside of the stadium and inside the Coliseum naturally tried to convince her not to jump. Thankfully when she did , a 61-year old Marine was down at the bottom to break her fall.
“He saved her life quite honestly, at his own expense,” Sgt. J.D. Nelson of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office said on Sunday night. “This guy 100 percent saved her life. She’d be dead now.”
The woman was taken to the hospital with critical injuries. The man was taken to the hospital with serious injuries as well, but thankfully was conscious and alive after sacrificing his body to save a life and a near grisly suicide attempt at the ballpark.
“He just couldn’t imagine having people see that,” Nelson said. “He said it was a reaction. Even now, at the hospital he’s very concerned about her. He’s a real compassionate person.
“Raider fans get a bad reputation, yet here’s this guy that went way over and above what most people would do to try to save this woman,” Nelson said.
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