SPOKANE, WA (KHQ) A Washington woman began a mission a few weeks ago to prevent suicide on the Monroe Street Bridge by posting messages of hope and now her work is paying off in a big way.
A man posted to Facebook and explained how he was contemplating suicide on the bridge, but when he saw the woman’s messages, it made him take a step back.
“Thinking inside myself, I was like, I’m tired of being lonely and thinking about the bridge and tired of having thoughts about jumping off,” said Timothy Irwin.
Irwin has battled significant tragedy in his life. He’s thought about suicide before.
Irwin posted to Facebook saying, “A few weeks ago, I wanted to commit suicide and jump off the Monroe Street Bridge.” He explained that something stopped him in his tracks. “Saw that every 10 or 15 feet there was an encouraging message. It made me want to cry and it made me smile too. I was like, wow whoever wrote these down, they really have got it down, they really got some type of call to do good for the community.”
The person who wrote those messages is Cassie Bond.
Bond reached out to Irwin on Facebook as soon as he posted about his experience.
“I was just like, ‘Hey I am here and I am really proud of you for not jumping,'” said Bond.
Both of them were able to meet each other for the very first time in person on Tuesday. “She has been a really good support too. I met a cool friend that’s able to talk to me,” said Irwin.