One night in July 2015, Jazz Thornton had run to her local park planning to take her own life. Now, the 23-year-old New Zealander has penned an emotional open letter to the police officer who saved her that night.
In a Facebook post, the young woman, who runs a mental health advocacy and support charity she co-founded with a friend, explained how the officer, Constable Campbell, gave her hope for a future that she “couldn’t see” at the time.
Jazz explained that she had thought “life was not worth living” and had started the process of taking her life when the Auckland City District Police officer interrupted and saved her.
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“It was late, dark and cold as I thought back on my life and everything that had happened and how much I had messed up,” she wrote.
“With tears streaming down my face, I text out my final goodbye. I glanced across the park and saw a group of flashlights, afraid that they would come across me before I was dead, I took a step out and jumped.
“My jacket caught… and suddenly I felt hands holding me up… Those hands were yours. You held me there while I resisted, you called for backup and attempted to calm me down.”
But the police officer didn’t just physically prevent her from suiciding, they also stayed with the young woman and convinced her to live.
“Putting me in the back of the car, you came around the other side and sat with me, putting your arms around me while I cried my heart out.
“While we waited for the ambulance you sat with me, still with your arms around me telling me how much my life was worth.
“I eventually looked up and saw tears streaming down your face as you told me of the future I could have.”