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The Suicide Watchman

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posted on Jun, 13 2010 @ 09:14 AM
Watchman saves many at suicide spot

A former life insurance salesman has "sold life" to scores of people trying to end it all at Australia's most notorious suicide spot.

In nearly 50 years Don Ritchie, 84, has saved at least 160 people at The Gap, a rocky cliff at the entrance to Sydney Harbour - and he is still on suicide watch.

Lost souls who stood atop the cliff, wondering whether to jump, say their salvation was a soft voice asking: "Why don't you come and have a cup of tea?"

And when they turned to the stranger, they say his smile made them want to live. Mr Ritchie, who lives across the street from The Gap, is widely regarded as a guardian angel who has shepherded countless people away from the edge. What some consider grim, Mr Ritchie considers a gift.

"You can't just sit there and watch them," he said. "You gotta try and save them. It's pretty simple." Since the 1800s, Australians have flocked to The Gap to end their lives, with little more than a 3ft fence separating them from the edge. Local officials say around one person a week commits suicide there and in January, Woollahra Council applied for nearly £1.2 million government funding to build a higher fence and tighten security.

I was browsing some news sites and came across this article. It is strange but I think the man should be commended for all the lives he has saved and the hope he has given those who at the time thought there was none to be found. I know some people might see this as interfering in the destiny of others, but I believe that his intentions are very pure and he does what he does for the welfare of others.

posted on Jun, 13 2010 @ 09:23 AM
Or... as a former life insurance salesman, he had sold some of these people life insurance policies and it all began as a way to save his company having to pay out on one.

heh heh

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