On Sept. 1, police officer Becky Millyard, from Warrington, England, was surprised to receive a bouquet of flowers.
The pretty red flowers were not from her boyfriend; rather, they were from a suicidal man whom she helped save earlier in the day.
At around 12:24 a.m., Millyard responded to a call about a man, sitting on the bridge in Folly Lane, Warrington, threatening to commit suicide, Evening Standard reported.
Sensing the urgency of the situation, Millyard talked to the man into abandoning his suicidal thoughts.
“He was really upset and it took a lot to get him talking,” Millyard said, according to MailOnline.
Slowly, Millyard managed to calm the man down.
“After about 15 minutes I managed to persuade him that all the bad things that he was talking about to me were not unfixable,” Millyard said.
Millyard assisted the man down from the bridge, and he was taken to Warrington Hospital.
Out on patrol today with PC Becky Millyard when she rescued young 'Spike' from the road in Lymm! #SuptPShaw
Hours later, the man came to the police station to deliver the bunch of flowers to Millyard, wishing to thank her for saving his life.
Warrington Police snapped a photo of a beaming Millyard posing with the red flowers, and shared it on Twitter.
Last night, PC Millyard assisted in talking a suicidal male down from a bridge. Today, he came to the station with some flowers to say 'thank you' for her efforts. pic.twitter.com/82cU0Lztv8
— Warrington Police (@PoliceWarr) September 2, 2018
The post has captured the hearts of many Brits, garnering over 137,000 likes. Many social media users praised Millyard for her compassionate gesture.
“My absolute heartfelt respect goes to PC Millyard. I can only imagine how difficult that must have been for you and the gentleman concerned. Amazing work,” one Twitter user wrote.
What a lovely feeling to have helped a person at the lowest point he could have reached in life. Well done.
— Nigel Roberts (@TheNigelroberts) September 2, 2018
Another commented: “Thank you all for being good decent, understanding and loving human beings. You are all under-appreciated, deeply needed and admired.”
Meanwhile, some social media users commended the suicidal man for recognizing Millyard for the great work she had done.
“What a lovely way to say ‘because of you I woke up today,’” one wrote.
People don't say thank you often enough. So here's a thank you from me to the wonderful, dedicated police and emergency services. It may mean little but I'm saying it anyway. It's the right thing to do.
— Ray Dawson (@positivity1233) September 2, 2018
For those wondering if police officers receive mental health first aid training, the answer is yes.
“We do get some training,” Warrington Police wrote.
This is a lovely story, isn’t it?
PC Millyard out and about, held at the Knutsford Road lights on Bridge Foot. Here’s some free publicity for Cheshire Steam Fair – you’re welcome. #HereForYou
Millyard is an angel for lending the man a hand during his darkest hours. Hats off to Millyard, not to mention all the other police officers for their hard work and dedication!
Hopefully, the man will get the help he needs in dealing with his emotional crisis.
Your life matters. If you’re feeling suicidal, please hang on and reach out for help.
Dark days are not forever. Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it turned into a butterfly. So, don’t give up.
Suicidal man rushes to throw himself in front of oncoming train but a heroic woman saves him just in time