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A Tennessee cop is being hailed as a hero after she convinced a struggling 17-year-old father not to commit suicide by jumping off a bridge.
Officer Tina Shaw rushed to the Memphis I-40 bridge that overlooks the Mississippi River on February 2 after receiving a call about a teenager standing on the ledge.
Shaw was on duty with the Crisis Intervention Team when she rushed to the bridge while other officers were deployed to an officer-involved shooting.
Shaw, who is also a mother-of-two, described the moment she helped bring the teenager away from the precipice of the icy bridge after talking to him for about 15-minutes about his struggles of being a father.
'He was pretty much crying out for help, and I saw it in his eyes, and I was telling him "Hey, your son needs you,"' Shaw told WATE. 'There is no you without him, and there is no him without you.'
Memphis Officer Tina Shaw saved the life of a teenager about to commit suicide. The two were seen hugging after he came off of the bridge's ledge
Officer Tina Shaw rushed to the Memphis I-40 bridge that overlooks the Mississippi River on February 2 after receiving a call about a teenager contemplating
Shaw gently approached the teenager in the conversation that would eventually end in tears and a warm embrace.
'I actually had to lift his leg over and he grabbed me by my shoulder, and after he came back on the other side, we just immediately hugged each other,' Shaw said.
She then told the teenager while tightly embracing him, '"Son, it’s going to be okay. God [going] get you through this,"' Shaw said. '"It’s gone be ok," and he was crying, and I shed a few tears.'
Shaw has been on the force for 15 years serving as a mental health specialist. She insisted that despite the horrible police-related incidents, including the death of Tyre Nichols on January 7, that there are good officers in the world.
'Despite all the negativity, there are quite a bit of officers on this department that are great,' she said.
The teenager was sent to a facility for mental health treatment.
The officer, who is also a mother-of-two, described the moment she helped bring the teenager's legs toward the platform of the icy bridge after talking to him. Pictured: the bridge where the teenager nearly jumped
The Memphis Police Department is in hot water as 13 cops are under investigation following the death of Nichols that occurred following a traffic stop last month.
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