The man’s mother, who did not wish to be named, has since spoken out to let Tom know how grateful she is as she is convinced he saved her son, who had been struggling with his mental health. She also said that he is now receiving help.
But Tom’s refuses to believe he is a hero, instead praising the police for the way they handled the situation.
“This is something that the police and charities are deal with. I got an opportunity to do my little bit but it was 0.01 per cent of what other people did.
“I basically figured out something I could do, I did my good deed for the day. The police are the ones that saved him.
“I’m not the hero of this story, I’m happy with being called a Good Samaritan.”
Recalling how the events unfolded, Tom said spotted three people on the bridge from a distance and felt that “something was not right”.
As he got closer, he noticed that one person was on the wrong side of the bars and saw his legs dangling off the bridge.
Tom, from Kendal, Cumbria, quickly moved into the hard shoulder and put on his hazard lights to alert other road users.
After parking the trailer which has a soft top, he let officers who were at the scene know what he had done.
Helplines and websites
Samaritans (116 123) samaritans.org operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at [email protected] , write to Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK, PO Box 9090, STIRLING, FK8 2SA and visit www.samaritans.org/branches to find your nearest branch.
CALM (0800 58 58 58) thecalmzone.net has a helpline is for men who are down or have hit a wall for any reason, who need to talk or find information and support. They’re open 5pm to midnight, 365 days a year.
Greater Manchester Bereavement Service Greater Manchester Bereavement Service can help to find support for anyone in Greater Manchester that has been bereaved or affected by a death. No one needs to feel alone as they deal with their grief. www.greater-manchester-bereavement-service.org.uk
Childline (0800 1111 ) runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number won’t show up on your phone bill.
PAPYRUS (0800 068 41 41) is a voluntary organisation supporting teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal.
Beat Eating Disorders: Beat provides helplines for adults and young people offering support and information about eating disorders. These helplines are free to call from all phones. Adult Helpline: 0808 801 0677, Studentline: 0808 801 0811, Youthline: 0808 801 0711. www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk
Anorexia & Bulimia Care: ABC provide on-going care, emotional support and practical guidance for anyone affected by eating disorders, those struggling personally and parents, families and friends. Helpline: 03000 11 12 13. www.anorexiabulimiacare.org.uk/
Students Against Depression is a website for students who are depressed, have a low mood or are having suicidal thoughts. Bullying UK is a website for both children and adults affected by bullying studentsagainstdepression.org
Tom, who was speaking to his friend on the phone during his journey on Junction 9 on the M62, said: “I clocked him, I had seen something not right from a distance, obviously as a truck driver you’re looking way ahead of everyone else.
“I had seen three people on the bridge and I just knew something didn’t seem right. Something seemed off, the spacing of the people – you see truck spotters on bridges.
“As I was getting closer. I saw the person in the middle on the wrong side of the bars sat down with legs dangling on the motorway. The two police on the other side, that’s what I could see. I just said to my mate, I think he’s going to jump, I’m going to have to go.
“I just did what I did.
“That was it, I walked up to the other side of the embankment and told the officers what I had done.
“I was sat for two hours just talking to the police.”
“I’ve never quite been as bad as the position he was in but I know that helplessness though. Many people have felt that helplessness but not many people like to admit it.”
- ^ hailed a hero (www.leeds-live.co.uk)
- ^ M62 (www.leeds-live.co.uk)
- ^ praise from across the nation (www.leeds-live.co.uk)
- ^ how grateful she is (www.examinerlive.co.uk)
- ^ Greater Manchester’s latest coronavirus infection rates (www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk)
- ^ Leeds Live (www.leeds-live.co.uk)
- ^ [email protected] (www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk)
- ^ http://shiningalightonsuicide.org.uk (t.co)
- ^ www.greater-manchester-bereavement-service.org.uk (www.greater-manchester-bereavement-service.org.uk)
- ^ www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk (www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk)
- ^ www.anorexiabulimiacare.org.uk/ (www.anorexiabulimiacare.org.uk)
- ^ studentsagainstdepression.org (www.google.com)
- ^ https://www.supportline.org.uk/problems/drugs/ (www.supportline.org.uk)
- ^ Except for Access (www.youtube.com)