Contrary to what the media has been working overtime to convince the world of, not all cops are bad… In fact most are downright fine men and women and some of them, like this young man who rescued these two children-and their suicidal father-are downright brave and heroic, willing to risk their lives to save others even during this period of time in our country when they are being shown nothing but hatred and dissent from the communities they serve…
Officer Jonathan Wiese, a K9 Officer with the San Diego Police Department was going about his normal patrol duties when he heard a call over the radio that a woman had reported her daughters’ father was suicidal and had threatened to drive off of the Coronado Bay Bridge and had the girls with him.
The department immediately traced the fathers cell phone and discovered that he was not on the Coronado Bay Bridge but had rather gone to Point Loma an area of steep cliffs along the water. A police Lieutenant saw the father drive his truck off of Sunset Cliffs.
Officer Wiese arrived at the cliffs edge just in time to see the truck has landed upside down in the water and knew he had to get to the vehicle to see if anyone was still alive. He grabbed a 100ft dog leash from his patrol car, removed his gun and vest, then tied the leash around his waist and had a group of other officers who had arrived on the scene lower him over the cliff into the water.
Once in the water Officer Wiese observed the father holding both children struggling to tread water with them in his arms. One of the children appeared lifeless but Officer Wiese was afraid to leave the suicidal father alone with even one child so he swam all three of them to the rocks where the rescue teams that had arrived could get the children up the cliff and render first aid.
Officer Wiese is a fine example of what most police officers are… Courageous men and women who care that are willing to risk their lives to protect those in the communities they serve.
“I didn’t do the job to be liked every day, I didn’t do it to become rich. I did it because I want to be out there making a difference and helping people, as cliché as that might sound, but I was just glad I could be there. You just do what you have to do, but after everyone was safe, it hits you and you just want to go home and hug your kids, that’s for sure.”