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Bismarck police officer Kent Kaylor is usually a fairly reserved person. But he's been getting a lot of attention for his heroic actions yesterday. A day on patrol turned into a life saving story.

It was a routine afternoon at the Heaven's Helpers Soup Cafe on Memorial Highway in Bismarck.

"Pretty normal day, busy lunch hour.  Someone said 'hey, a guy wants to talk to you outside," says Mark Meier.

But it was an out of the ordinary day for officer Kent Kaylor.

"Usually I don't work patrol.  I'm in the office as a crime analyst for the PD," says Kaylor.

At 12:47pm on Tuesday, August 27, their worlds collided.

"After I prayed, I trusted in the Lord. A still small voice said you better call the police, so I did," says Meier.

"The call came in as somebody that told the guy at the soup kitchen that they were going to jump off the bridge," says Kaylor.

Kaylor was nearby, spotted a man matching the description, and pulled over.

"When I came up and stopped, he saw that I was stopped, dropped his bag and he climbed over the edge.  I got out of the car and told him 'no' and ran over.  He had his back to the rail and his arms were held on.  I basically bear hugged him and pulled him back over the rail."

He says right when he got there, the man had let go, and Kaylor felt his body go limp.

"It happened so fast, I was full of adrenaline.  I don't remember much.  I remember seeing his feet go up and over.  It was pretty wild."

He acted on instinct at the time.  Kaylor says it wasn't until later he had a chance to sit and think about what had happened.

"I consider myself lucky and fortunate to be at the right place at the right time to help somebody."

Back at the soup cafe, Meier says he's glad that he could play his part, providing not just a hot meal, but also a life-saving phone call.

After following the man to the hospital, Kaylor says he was able to talk to him for a few minutes, and says the once-suicidal man thanked him for saving his life. Kaylor says once that call was over, he went back to his squad car and finished his shift.

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