Drivers reported a man prepared to jump off a bridge. Then an officer stepped in.

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A police officer helped a young man down from a bridge over a busy North Carolina highway after drivers reported the man was preparing to jump Friday afternoon.

The man was standing outside of the railing on the Peters Creek Parkway bridge over Interstate 40 Business when emergency responders arrived, the Winston-Salem Journal reported. He was taken for medical treatment, according to several reports.

Responding Winston-Salem police Officer Max Herrin was on Peters Creek Parkway when the call came in, according to television station FOX8.

“When I got to the front of the patrol car he was good and over the edge,” Herrin told FOX8. “(I) addressed him as not one would normally be addressed. I guess I shocked him a little bit. You know, ‘Hey, what’s up?’”

The man stalled long enough for the officer to get closer, grab him by the arm and pull him to safety, the report said.