Depression can be dangerous. If it goes untreated, it can lead to thoughts of suicide and self-harm. One father was overwhelmed with his symptoms of depression and decided that he wanted to end his life. However, he didn’t just want to kill himself. He got in a car with his twin daughters and then drove off a cliff into the water – but was thankfully rescued by a hero who happened to be in the right place at the right time to help out quickly before anyone was fatally hurt.
Then the worst thing happened. The twins’ mother started receiving alarming calls and texts from the father. The messages hinted at how he was nearing the end of his life and that his daughters might be joining him.
Authorities rushed to get to the father before he did something unthinkable. One of the possible things they feared the man would try to do was drive his car off the Coronado Bridge.
The father and his twin girls were not wearing seatbelts when he drove them off the cliff in an attempt to kill all three of them. They were seated on his lap when the car lifted off the ground and plummeted into the water several dozen feet below.
Thankfully, Officer Wiese was on the case. As a K-9 handler, he had some extra resources at his disposal. Among one of the first cops to arrive at the cliff, he needed to act fast if he was going to save the little girls.
“I looped it under my armpits and around my chest. Some other officers had arrived, so I threw the other end of it to them and told them, ‘hang on. I’m going to go over the edge.’”
Thankfully, Officer Weise could see that the girls were not hurt after being driven off the cliff. And the father was alive as well. By repelling off the cliff, he was able to prove to the world how much of a hero he is.