A Washington State University defensive back is receiving heavy praise for his actions that might have prevented a suicide Wednesday.
Grant Porter, who is a freshman at Washington State in Pullman, told the Seattle Times that he and a friend drove past basketball courts near Porter’s apartment early May 10 when they saw a man standing on a chair under a hoop. The man had his hands tied behind his back and a strap around his neck that was tied to the hoop.
“At first I thought it was a joke or a prank to get attention,” Porter told The Times. “I didn’t think it was serious. But I wasn’t going to just drive past without seeing what was going on.”
Porter told The Times that the man said he had been kidnapped, but Porter and his friend didn’t believe the claim. They called police. Chief Gary Jenkins told The Times that the man told officers he was depressed.
Porter, from Rancho Cucamonga, California, said he realized only after the encounter how much he and his friend helped the man. The Pullman Police Department posted the story on its Facebook page and congratulated Porter, earning hundreds of shares online. A commenter there said Porter was “at the right place at the right time.”
“I’m the type of person that just wants to help everybody because if I was in a situation like that I would want someone to help me out,” Porter told KREM2-TV. “You have a lot to see, you have a lot to live for and it’s just not worth it.”