On Sunday, a 61-year-old man saved the life of a woman who decided to jump off the third deck of the Oakland Coliseum after the Raiders game. In an attempt to catch her, the life-long Raiders fan suffered serious injuries.
"He saved her life quite honestly, at his own expense ... This guy 100 percent saved her life. She'd be dead now," Sgt. J.D. Nelson of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office told the Associated Press. "The injured man was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, but was conscious and talking and is expected to survive," the AP added. The man and woman involved haven't been identified yet.
The incident occurred right after Oakland's 23-19 loss to the Tennessee Titans when, for a unknown reason, a woman jumped from the stadium's third level in section 301. NBC Bay Area reports that people in the lower decks, including her life-saver, pleaded with her not to jump but she did anyway. It's not known for certain if this was a suicide attempt, but the section the woman leapt from was closed off during the game, and the seats covered with a tarp.
Because of the good Samaritan, who is reportedly a former Marine, the woman is now in critical condition as opposed to being dead. "Raider fans get a bad reputation, yet here's this guy that went way over and above what most people would do to try and save this woman," Nelson added.
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