FLORIDA (ANN): A woman in Florida stopped a man from jumping off a bridge with the help of Linkin Park lyrics.
Cristina Settanni, a nurse, was running late to work last February when she spotted a man sitting on the ledge of an overpass. She stopped her car and accompanied him on the ledge. Florida’s Orange County Sheriff’s Office shared the incident on a Facebook video.
“I stopped because I’ve been where he was, ” she said in the video. “He needed somebody to show that somebody cared enough to stop and [cared] enough to tell him that he didn’t need to do that today.”
While on the ledge, Settanni recited a Linkin Park lyric from the song “One More Light”: “Who cares if one more light goes out? Well, I do.” After that, the man was in tears.
Following multiple 911 calls about the man on the bridge, Deputy Shaun Cayer arrived on scene and saw Settanni and the man on the bridge. Initially, he was alarmed that they were making a pact to jump together but saw Settanni talking to him in a calm manner.
Thank you Cristina https://t.co/GqK9A0d8kL— LINKIN PARK (@linkinpark) July 30, 2019
Cayer asked the man to step back, but when he resisted, the officer pulled him back to the bridge. He learned that the man did not want to be a burden to his family after some bad decisions.
The man was taken to a mental health facility rather than arrested, as per the Florida Mental Health Act.
Settanni says she thinks of the man every day and cannot bring herself to drive through the same road.
The band acknowledged Settanni’s act of kindness on Twitter on Wednesday, July 31 with the simple message, “Thank you Cristina.”
“One More Light” was Linkin Park’s last single with vocalist Chester Bennington. Bennington took his life in 2017, leaving loved ones and fans heartbroken. After his death, the band launched a website dedicated to Bennington which contains details of the suicide hotline in the U.S. – Philippine Daily Inquirer/Asia News Network