Visiting San Francisco, California, you can’t help but notice the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s a landmark in the United States, but it’s also famous for another unfortunate reason. Referred to as a “suicide magnet,” the bridge is the second-most used suicide bridge in the world, after the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge. Between 1937 and 2012, an estimated 1,600 bodies were recovered from people who jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge.
But some people don’t end up jumping from the bridge, thanks to police officer Kevin Briggs. The California Highway Patrol officer has saved more than 200 people from jumping off the bridge, earning him the worthy title of “Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge.” He didn’t know his job would involve his heroic fate, but he’s glad he was always there at the right time and place. When people need help, Briggs was there to guide them back to safety—every time.