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Old September 13th, 2017, 10:21 PM   #1
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Bloodied and half-blind, this copís grip was the last defense against disaster

Bloodied and half-blind, this copís grip was the last defense against disaster

RIVERSIDE, Calif. Ė Highway Patrol Officer Dane Norem rushed out of his car, sprinted to the curb, jumped and grabbed the suicidal man by the ankle just as he straddled the top of the overpass fence. A busy highway roared beneath them.

If Norem let go, the jumper would die. Cars would swerve and crash. Others might die too.

But Norem was determined not to let that happen. He wrapped the manís leg in a bear hug and lifted his feet, using his body to anchor the jumper to the overpass. The man had too much leverage for Norem to pull him off the fence, but Norem Ė a big cop loaded with gear Ė was too strong and too heavy for the man to yank free. It was a stalemate in a tug-of-war between life and death.

But the jumper had a knife.

He stabbed downward.

ďWhen I got struck in the face, it didnít really hurt,Ē Norem said. ďIt felt like I had been punched and it felt wet, like a water balloon had popped. I came to figure out later that was my eye.Ē

Over the next two minutes, Norem would be stabbed seven times, including once in his right eye, yet he would refuse to let go, knowing that his grip was the last defense against catastrophe. This rescue, which occurred Oct. 25, 2012, would become the defining moment for a hero police officer, praised across California for bravery so remarkable that it makes other cops pause in awe. Noremís selflessness would save a life Ė likely more than one Ė but in the process he would be so viciously wounded that he nearly lost his eyesight, his career and his identity.


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Old September 13th, 2017, 11:50 PM   #2
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Wow. That guy really wanted to die.
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