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Guardian of the Golden Gate : Protecting the Line Between Hope and Despair (Hardcover) (Kevin Briggs &
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The wind was gusting around the Golden Gate Bridge on a March afternoon in 2005 when a 22-year-old man climbed the railing, convinced he and this world would be better without each other. He put himself on a thin beam 220 feet above the Pacific Ocean.The man had just lost his job and felt overwhelmed as a new father.Kevin Berthia wanted to die, and he had come to the world's most effective suicide destination to make that happen. That's when he met a highway patrolman, a former Army soldier and San Quentin State Prison guard named Kevin Briggs."I know you must be in tremendous pain," Briggs said over the railing. "If you want to talk, I'm here to listen." The next 90 minutes saved Berthia's life.The bulk of Briggs' career was with the California State Highway Patrol, including more than two decades with the Marin County office. There, he worked predominately on the Golden Gate Bridge, which every month produces four to six suicidal subjects.Briggs had no training with suicide prevention or mental illness before taking the job with the CHP, but has since become such a respected expert that he's helped train the FBI and several major corporations.
Number of Pages: 301
Genre: Biography + Autobiography, Family + Relationships, Psychology
Publisher: Ascend Books Llc
Author: Kevin Briggs & Sam Mellinger
Street Date: July 31, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 248-01-8328
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