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'Amazing' Therapy Dog Saves Life of Woman Who Was on the Verge of Jumping Off Bridge

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Dogs have a knack for drawing people out of their shells. Whether they pose as good listeners for kids learning to read, friendly visitors at a hospital or simply quality companions for their owners, they’re magnets for other dog lovers.

That worked out particularly well last week for one therapy dog named Digby. Digby is a labradoodle from the Exeter area of England and he serves firefighters who are dealing with trauma.

But he was able to extend his services to the general public when, on Tuesday night, a woman found herself in a dark place.

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The unnamed woman had been seen standing in a precarious position on a bridge over a highway.

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First responders arrived to confirm that she was, indeed, contemplating taking her own life, according to BBC News.

“Police negotiators were speaking with the woman but the situation was becoming increasingly worrying,” the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service tweeted on Tuesday.

It was the fire department that had the idea to use Digby to walk the woman to a safer place. Once she was no longer so precariously perched, they brought him in, and the change was instant.

“One of the fire crews had the idea to bring along Digby, our ‘defusing’ dog,” the Twitter thread continued. “Digby helps crews who have been exposed to trauma during talking therapy ‘diffusing’ sessions.

“When Digby arrived, the young woman immediately swung her head round to look, and smiled. This got a conversation started about Digby and his role at the fire service,” the Twitter thread continued.

In an interview with BBC, Digby’s handler Matt Goodman explained that seeing Digby got the woman talking about her own experience with dogs, and led to success all around.

“She was asked if she would like to come and meet Digby if she came back over the railings, which we are pleased to say she did,” the tweets continued.

Thanks to the lovable pup’s presence, the woman was able to get professional help and chose life that night.

Since then, Digby’s story has been warming hearts on both sides of the pond.

“This is Digby,” the DSFRS initially tweeted. “Today he did something amazing and helped save a young woman who was thinking of taking her own life on a bridge over the M5 near Exeter.”

Many have extended their thanks for the furry lifesaver, and apparently have tried to send Digby presents, but the DSFRS has requested that people interested in thanking Digby donate to other good causes.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Off-Duty Firefighter Jumped by Mob Who Tell Him It's 'Fight Night' Before Brutal Beating

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Asking for a little old-fashioned respect can be the prelude to a beatdown in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s New York City. The New York Post has released video of a Friday night incident in which a rabid mob of teenagers surrounded and then attacked an off-duty firefighter as he walked his dog near his home in the borough of Queens. Republican mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa, who founded the civic protection group the Guardian Angels in 1979, posted the video to Twitter. Warning: The following video contains graphic images and language that some readers will find disturbing. Last night in Middle Village a mob of kids attacked a man who asked them to stop blasting fireworks. #NYPD from the 104th precinct were there but did nothing. The community reached out to #NYC Mayoral candidate #CurtisSliwa & the #GuardianAngels to find these vicious teens pic.twitter.com/uVJkBUJ0L1 — Curtis Sliwa for NYC Mayor (@CurtisSliwa) July 24, 2021 The 44-year-old victim, whose name was not released by the Post, said he is among those who have objected to the deterioration of his community,  and taken the dangerous stand of telling teenagers to behave as if rules really mattered. Retribution for preaching civility arrived Friday night. “There were at least 100 kids … I was walking my dog. They just picked me out and approached me,” the firefighter told the Post in a Saturday interview. “One kid took his shirt off and said, ‘it’s fight night!’ He said he was 19 and said, ‘I could fight you.’ Everyone took their cell phones out. There were cell phones everywhere,” the victim said. “They all came at me…A kid came up behind me and hit me in the back of the head with a bottle and I let go of the dog,” he said. With the dog barking…

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Olympic Cyclist Celebrates Victory as She Crosses the Finish Line, Then Learns a Gold Medal Isn't Coming

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Neither the gold medal winner nor the woman who celebrated when she thought she had won could quite believe the results of the women’s Olympic bicycle road race on Sunday. Dutch rider Annemiek van Vleuten put on a massive gold medal-worthy display of victory as she crossed the finish line. But there was one catch. Anna Keisenhofer of Austria had been so far ahead of the rest of the pack that two minutes before van Vleuten had celebrated her finish, Keisenhofer had already had won the race,  according to Cycling News. Van Vleuten waved her arms in triumph and embraced members of her team, only to learn the truth after someone knowing the facts poured cold water on the celebration. Olympics: Van Vleuten celebrates but mistakes silver for goldhttps://t.co/2twUgBGbht #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/fV1qpmtfiw — Cyclingnews.com (@Cyclingnewsfeed) July 25, 2021 “I didn’t know. I was wrong. I didn’t know,” she said. “This is an example (of what happens) if you ride an important race like this without communication. All World Tour races have communication, and now it’s the three of us standing here and wondering who has actually won,” van Vleuten said, referring to teammates Marianne Vos and Anna van der Breggen, according to CNN. In most races, cyclists are in radio communication with their teams, but that is not allowed in the Olympics. “I’m gutted about that, of course,” she said. Although the realization that she had not won a gold medal hurt, van Vleuten said winning a silver medal remained an achievement. “I’m really proud of the medal, because I did not have an Olympic medal. It’s also a silver medal with a shine on it, because I felt super good today,” said van Vleuten. “My goal was to be at my best-ever level here, and I think I nailed that. It’s…

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