BELOIT, Ill. (WTVO) — A little over a month ago, Michael Tuttle found a woman who was about to take her own life. His instincts took over and he scrambled to catch her before she jumped.
“When I got over here, I grabbed her and pulled her back over and started telling her, ‘Jesus loves you!'” he said.
On the night of September 24th, two lives on the Newark Road Bridge changed in an instant.
“She was right about here, straddling the bridge, standing on the concrete,” Tuttle said.
Tuttle was driving across the bridge when he saw the woman, who was about to jump into the Rock River.
“I wasn’t nervous. I wasn’t calculating. I just reacted,” Tuttle said of his reaction.
He jumped out of his car and says that, by the time he reached her, she already had one foot over the bridge’s concrete barrier.
“There’s not much concrete there to be standing on and she was facing me, and I’m thinking, ‘she’s going to jump.’ So, I just kept trying to tell her, ‘Don’t do it. Don’t do it,'” he said.
Two weeks later, the Town of Beloit awarded Tuttle the Citizen Life Saving Award.
Although he was the person who pulled her off the bridge, Tuttle says he’s not interested in taking the credit for his bravery.
“I’m just glad that God put me in the right place, at the right time, and I’m glad she’s getting some help,” Tuttle said.
He believes he was put on the bridge to spread an even larger message, “to let people know how much Jesus loves them, and he can take you through any hard times you are going through.”
That’s the same message he says he would tell to the woman, too.
“I don’t know where she’s at, spiritually, but I hope she will be able to find that peace,” he said.
Tuttle says the woman’s family told him the woman he saved is getting help.
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