Chen Si, the Savior of Nanjing

In 2006, in the city of Huai’an, in the province of Jiangsu, China, a man named Chen Si became a local hero after helping to prevent a series of suicides on a famous bridge in the city.

The man behind the cape

Chen Si, who worked in a clothing store on the bridge, noticed that there was an increase in suicides in the area. Moved by the sadness of people who felt they had no other option, Chen decided to take action and dedicated his free time to patrolling the bridge to help prevent more deaths.

Whenever Chen saw someone approaching the edge of the bridge, he would approach them and talk to them, offering words of encouragement and comfort. In some cases, he even hugged and cried with them. Additionally, Chen installed a fence on the bridge to prevent people from falling and hired other volunteers to help him.

It was in 2004 when Chen began to convince desperate people not to jump. Although he worked at a courier company from Monday to Friday, on Saturdays he would ride his motorcycle around 6am.

In 2015, young filmmakers made him the protagonist of a tough documentary that reflected these events.

Chen, a community hero

Over the years, Chen Si has saved more than 300 people who attempted suicide on the bridge. His dedication and courage have become a source of inspiration for many people in China and around the world.

Chen Si’s story is a testament to the power of a single individual to make a big difference in the lives of others. Often, all it takes is one brave and compassionate person to change the course of someone’s life.

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