Putting themselves in harm’s way, to save someone’s life, from the Front Page Sections, translated…
A woman, Liu from Kaohsiung after riding up onto the Bo-Ai Bridge in Fengshan, Kaohsiung, she’d leapt into the Fengshan Stream to drown herself. As three workers from an elevator company drove past they saw this, and they turned the car around, and ran down the bridge to save her. Liu had fought the three men for saving her life, and, after the three of them consoled her, she’d finally given up on committing suicide, and thanked them. The three men’s goodwill was also, made known to the public by the police.
The police said, that the seventy-one year-old Liu was suspected of being ill long time and got sick and tired of living, at a little past ten in the morn yesterday, she’d rode her bicycle to Bo-Ai Bridge, and left the note of “Please help me contact Hsieh, I am Liu”, then, leapt down the bridge.
As Liu was taking the leap, Chang who worked at an elevator company was giving his manager, Wu and a coworker, Hsieh a lift, they saw Liu taking the leap, Chang told Wu and Hsieh, “Someone jumped!”, Wu told him, “Turn around immediately, and let’s go help her out.”
After Chang turned the car back, Wu and Hsieh got out first, climbed along the blue pipes to the riverbed down below, they saw the woman face down, lying in the middle of the river, they’d immediately jumped in to pull her up, it took them about five minutes, and by this time, Chang had parked the car, and rushed to the sides to help.
Wu told, that as Liu was just rescued, she was very emotional, kept hollering at them, “Don’t save me, let me die!”, he’d kept consoling with her, “I can’t just watch you die”, worked hard, to console her, to help her find the wills to live; but Liu told them, “Even if you’d saved me this time, I will jump again, I’m overcome with illness, and it’s really painful.”
Wu and his coworkers kept consoling the elderly woman, “Illnesses can be killed”, “You will have the hopes, if you keep on living”, “You think you’re sad, your family would be even sadder if you’d committed suicide”, “Let’s sit down and talk it through.”, and, Liu finally changed her thoughts, and told the three men, “Thank you”.
Not long thereafter, the fire department arrived, lifted Liu up from the bridge, and, after she was taken to the E.R., she’d only suffered a minor neck injury. The police affirmed the three men’s act of courage, Wu said, “a life is worth everything, if I’d not turned the car around, I will live on thinking about what happened to the elderly woman for the rest of my life!”, if he could save someone and didn’t, he will regret it for the rest of his life.
So, this, is how the helping hand from strangers came at the right time, had these three men not shown up when the elderly woman took the leap, she wouldn’t have lived, and, these men put their lives in harm’s way, risking injury to themselves, to save her life, this, is altruism, and, it DOES exist!