“Don’t Jump”, cop signs
(from Newswaves, November 1999)
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – A police officer using sign language convinced a deaf man not to jump off a two-story building.
The homeless man was taken to a mental health center after he was talked down. Police didn’t release his name but said he was depressed after losing his job and apartment.
Two police officers first noticed the man perched on the roottop ledge of the old McCory store in downtown Orlando. When they realized he could only communicate in sign language, they called Officer Rhonda Huckelbery to serve as an interpreter.
“He laughed and said he was coming down because my sign language was so bad that I needed more help than he did,” she said.