A noncommissioned police officer rescued an elderly war veteran from a suicide
attempt in Kfar Saba on Saturday seconds before the man nearly jumped from the
roof of a five-story building.
F.-Sgt. Oren Shon, 33, was with partner
Snir Levi when they received a report from the police control room of a man
threatening to leap off the roof of the home for the elderly where he
As Levi remained on the street level to direct emergency services,
Shon ran up five flights of stairs to the roof, and saw the man standing on the
ledge, next to his wife who was trying to restrain him.
“He was trying to
push his wife’s hand away, I saw that he was going to jump,” Shon told The
Jerusalem Post. The officer sprinted towards the man and caught him. “I hugged
him and brought him back to the roof,” he recalled.
The men spoke after
the incident, and Shon learned that the man had participated in a number of wars
and had suffered from psychological problems as a result.
“He’s a hero of
Israel,” Shon said.
After ensuring that the man was under the close watch
of social services, Shon gave the man his personal phone number and told him to
call him whenever he wished.