Local man being honored for stopping a potential suicide

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Over the Summer, Marcus Alexander was on his way home when he noticed a girl on the bridge above Crosby Avenue. Police say his quick action that day could have stopped a possible suicide.

In early July, police received a call about a person who was possibly suicidal standing in an unsafe position on the bridge.

When police arrived, Marcus dropped his bike and rushed to talk to the girl.

Police noticed the girl calming down, so they didn't interfere, but continued to keep a close eye on the two.

Marcus says that he had a simple conversation with the girl, like exchanging names and favorite video games. Twelve minutes later, the girl followed him down to safety.

"Honestly, I just really think she's the real hero in this situation. I mean, I know I talked her down but I mean, you know I went home that day and I went home and ate cocoa puffs and my life moved on but, whatever she's going through it's just started, so she is the real hero,” says Grand Junction Resident Marcus Alexander.

If you or anyone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The number is 1-800-273-8255.