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Just part of the job

Good Morning San Francisco!

This is a shockingly touching story about ironworkers on the Golden Gate Bridge.  It’s also 8 years old.  That still doesn’t shake the impact of this kind of volunteer duty.

The ironworkers of the Golden Gate Bridge are also lifesavers.  Literally.  They pull volunteer duty to go try and talk down those who want to try and commit suicide by jumping off the bridge.  How do these grizzly macho men have the chance or the will to do something like that? 

But what qualifies these blue-collar rivet-wrestlers to perform the delicate psychological task of suicide prevention? Just this: There’s nobody else.

"We’re the only ones dumb enough to do it," Hopper says.

They’re the only ones with enough equipment, knowledge of the bridge and courage to go over the rail.

The suicide rescue duty is voluntary, but the bridge’s ironworkers all take their turns.

I honestly cant even imagine the pressure one would face trying to talk someone back from the edge of the bridge, especially if you’re trying to do so with very little training.

There’s no real reward to this, no extra pay, often no knowledge of what happens after.  Yet they still keep doing it.  Simply because no one else will.

[Source: SF Gate]