Senior Kyle Shaw was driving to work after school Aug. 9 when he saw a man who climbed onto the guardrail on the Central Pike overpass and prepared to jump into oncoming traffic on Interstate 40.
Shaw stopped his car, ran over to the man and held onto him while he called the police.
“I was coming home from school, and I saw the guy walking, and on my way back to go to work, I saw him walking by the bridge,” said Shaw. “I looked back and I saw him, like, sitting on the edge of the bridge, and I stopped my car, got out and like pulled him up and like hugged him.”
According to Shaw the man said that nobody wanted him anymore, and he just wanted to die. Shaw held him until officers arrived. Shaw said he would like to get in contact with the man again.
“I know if I didn’t stop him, he would have jumped,” said Shaw. “He didn’t seem scared. He just seemed like he didn’t want to be here anymore. I just told him there’s better things in life. I want to give him my number and see if he can call me and like talk to me. I just want to see how he’s doing.”
Mt. Juliet police Chief James Hambrick presented Shaw the exceptional citizen award in front of the student body during the pep rally. Student in the crowd could be heard screaming, “you’re my hero, Kyle.”
“No matter how young or old you are, anyone can do exceptional things in life,” said Hambrick. “Kyle is a prime example of just that, and he should be commended for his exceptional actions.”