In safe hands: Tan (with vest) watching over the man after pulling him to safety from the ledge of Penang Bridge.
GEORGE TOWN: After seeing a man sitting on the ledge of Penang Bridge, tow truck service runner Tan Chin Leong knew something bad would happen if he did not act fast.
The 41-year-old then pulled over in his motorcycle and sat next to the man.
He struck a conversation with the 30-year-old man at Km6.8 of the island-bound lane during the 10.10am incident yesterday.
“He told me he didn’t have money and had been jobless for a while.
“His family was also upset that he still could not get a job.
“He said he felt useless and all of a sudden, he burst into tears,” said Tan.
In a flash, Tan pushed the man and both fell onto the road from the ledge.
He then restrained the man using his jacket.
“I knew that was the right time to save him after he had let his guard down.
“He lashed out at me after knocking his head on the ground as a result of the fall,” said Tan who had saved countless lives from jumping off Penang Bridge over the past decade.
The police came to the scene after 15 minutes and took the man to the nearest police station.
Tan said the man’s sisters expressed their gratitude for saving their brother’s life.
As a tow truck service runner plying Penang Bridge daily, Tan made headlines in major dailies as a lifesaver who is always keeping an eye out for people who appear to contemplate jumping off the bridge.
He was one of the winners of last year’s Star Golden Hearts award for rescuing more than 10 people from ending their lives over the past decade.
Tan, fondly known as ‘Ah Heang’, starts work at about 6am before the rush-hour begins and finishes around midnight.