“…I met Jason on July 22 of last year when I received a call of a possible suicidal subject sitting on the chord near midspan. I responded, and when I arrived, I observed Jason speaking to a Golden Gate Bridge officer. Jason was just 32 years old and had flown out here from New Jersey. As a matter of fact, he had flown out here on two other occasions from New Jersey to attempt suicide on this bridge. After about an hour of speaking with Jason, he asked us if we knew the story of Pandora’s box. Recalling your Greek mythology, Zeus created Pandora and sent her down to Earth with a box, and told her, “Never, ever open that box.” Well one day, curiosity got the better of Pandora and she did open the box. Out flew plagues, sorrows, and all sorts of evils against man. The only good thing in the box was hope. Jason then asked us, “What happens when you open the box and hope isn’t there?” He paused a few moments, leaned to his right, and was gone. This kind, intelligent young man from New Jersey had just committed suicide.” —Kevin Briggs, retired CHP officer
During the course of my 15 years at the Golden Gate Bridge I had the honor of working with Kevin Briggs and I can say that he is as remarkable in person as he is in this video. Kevin saved hundreds of lives and touched even more with his calm presence.
The story of the people whose job it is to deal with suicide attempts needs to come to light and Kevin Briggs is helping with that effort. As we have heard, it is not just the families who are affected by the act—it affects the First Responders and those who deal with the cleanup and aftermath of the act.