On March 11, 2005 Kevin Berthia suffered an emotional breakdown. The then 22-year-old man was feeling so desperate he was ready to take his own life. Kevin climbed over the railing of the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge and was ready to take a fatal leap. The outcome of the situation would have been tragic, hadn’t it been for a compassionate California police officer’s intervention. Officer Kevin Briggs spent more than an hour trying to talk Berthia out of his decision to end his life. Finally, the young man climbed back over the rail. Officer Brigg’s convincing words, which had saved countless suicidal people, managed to make Berthia give life another shot.
In 2013 the two reunited again for the first time since that faithful day at an event organized by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The official ceremony was held in honor of California Highway Patrol which officer Briggs has been a part of for more than 20 years. Berthia, who is now happily married with two kids, was given the opportunity to present Briggs with an award. The formerly suicidal man later shared that it was like meeting an old friend and there was no tension or nerves between the two of them at all. Berthia also stated that he would like to keep in touch with officer Briggs from now on. Despite of their age difference the young man felt Briggs was very close to him as he had confided in him more than in anyone else during that faithful day.