Hero teenager, 19, saves man about to jump off a bridge just months after his twin brother killed himself by falling to his death
- Ryan Locker spotted the distressed man while driving on A500 in Staffordshire
- He supported the man and stayed with him until police arrived at the scene
- The 34-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of breaching his bail conditions
- Ryan’s brother Devon tragically died jumping from bridge in Longton in October
- For confidential support call Samaritans on 116123 or visit a Samaritans branch
A hero teenager rushed to save a man about to jump off a bridge – just months after his twin brother killed himself by falling to his death.
Ryan Locker was driving along the A500 in Staffordshire when he spotted the man, stopped his car, and then brought the traffic to a halt.
He then supported the man and stayed with him until police arrived.
The incident happened a day after Ryan’s 19th birthday – the first he had spent without his twin Devon, who died after jumping from a bridge in Longton last October.
Ryan Locker was driving along the A500 in Staffordshire when he spotted the man, stopped his car, and then brought the traffic to a halt
Ryan, who lives at Doveridge, was on his way to a clay pigeon shoot with his mother and father when the incident happened at around 10.40am on Sunday.
He said: ‘I spotted a guy standing on the bridge. He had his head in his hands. I turned to my dad and said, ‘That doesn’t look good’.
‘I knew he was going to jump and I had to do something quickly. It was my first instinct because my brother had jumped off a bridge in Longton.
‘I jumped out of my car and stopped the traffic, my dad stopped the traffic on the other side. I ran all the way up to him as fast as I could.
‘I spoke to him and said, ‘You don’t want to do this, I’m not going to let you do it’.’
Police arrived a short time later and Ryan, who is going to Keele University to study sociology and geography in September, was allowed to go on his way.
He added: ‘I shook the guy’s hand and went back to the car. It had been mine and Devon’s birthday the day before – my first birthday without him. It felt like I had done something for him by helping the guy.
‘Devon had been suffering with his mental health for a while, I knew he wasn’t good. He was suffering so much mentally.
‘I really want to help people before they get to that stage. It was my immediate reaction to help.’
Ryan, who lives at Doveridge, was on his way to a clay pigeon shoot with his mother and father when the incident happened at around 10.40am on Sunday
Staffordshire Police have confirmed that they were called to a bridge over the A500.
A police spokesman said: ‘Police were called following reports of concern for a man. Officers attended and a woman reported seeing a man on the bridge.
‘She told officers that her 19-year-old son had got out of the car in order to assist the man.
‘The man was on the right side of the railings when officers arrived. Officers thanked the members of the public.
‘The man – a 34-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent – was arrested on suspicion of breaching his bail conditions. He remains in police custody while inquiries continue.’
- For confidential support call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch, see www.samaritans.org for details.