Border Patrol agent working without pay helps suicidal man

NEWPORT, Mich. (AP) — A sheriff’s deputy and a Border Patrol agent who’s working without pay during the partial government shutdown are being hailed as heroes for saving a suicidal man from a Michigan bridge.

The Detroit News reports that Border Patrol Agent Brian Maitland and Monroe County Deputy Brian Sroka helped save a 64-year-old man from a bridge this month in Newport. They say that as Sroka spoke to the man, Maitland approached from behind and pulled the man from the edge of the bridge

Maitland says he was just doing his job to protect the community. Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow says the men are heroes.

Maitland among the 800,000 federal workers who aren’t being paid as the five-week old stalemate over President Donald Trump’s demand for $5.7 million for a border wall continues.

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