Unpaid Border Patrol Agent's Unbelievable Act of Bravery
Border Patrol Agent Brian Maitland and Monroe County Deputy Brian Sroka saved the man's life when they responded to a report of a man sitting on the CN Railroad Bridge in Newport earlier this month. The man, identified only as being 64 years old, had a half-empty bottle of bourbon next to him and tied one end of a rope around his neck and the other to a bridge beam. He appeared to be preparing to jump, the Detroit News reported.
Border Patrol Agent Brian Maitland and Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Sroka are true heroes whose actions helped save a man’s life. https://t.co/11dkRNMlqx— Sen. Debbie Stabenow (@SenStabenow) January 24, 2019
Sroka was able to distract the man long enough for Maitland to move in behind him, grab him by the collar and drag him off the edge of the bridge.
The two men then removed the rope from the 64-year-old's neck and found what appeared to be a suicide note in his back pocket, the newspaper reported.
Maitland, who has been with the Border Patrol for a decade, said he was just doing his job to protect the community and that it’s “human nature to try and help someone in need."
The 46-year-old humbly said afterward, "Anybody in law enforcement or fire or EMS would have done the same thing," before adding "A human life is a human life."