ROUND ROCK -- A 21-year-old college freshman is being hailed as a hero when he stopped to help a woman trying to harm herself last week.
The Round Rock Police Department said officers were dispatched to a welfare concern at the flyover from eastbound Texas State Highway 45 to northbound Interstate 35 last week. Callers said a woman had climbed over the concrete barrier.
Before the officers arrived, a concerned Good Samaritan stopped to help the woman. Blake Pryor did not know the woman, but he stood between himself and the woman, holding her back from a drop of 100 feet.
"When I first got there, she was leaning over the bridge just looking down. When I got there I leaned over the bridge with her so I could look her in the face, and let her know I was there," Pryor said.
The 21-year-old even offered to talk to the woman as long as she wanted because the woman had told him that no one cared, police said.
"You could tell something was heavy on her heart, I'm not sure what," Pryor said. "I just grabbed her. I gave her a hug, and I told her, 'You know it's not worth it.'"
The officers' on-scene said Pryor's actions saved the woman's life.
"We commend the life-saving initiative that Blake Pryor exhibited and are very grateful for his quick actions and heartfelt compassion for human life," the Round Rock Police Department wrote on their Facebook page Tuesday.
RRPD's Facebook post was flooded with well-wishers. "Great Job Blake! The world needs more like you sir," one user wrote. "He will make a great officer! Hats off to this young man!" another user added. The post was 'Liked' more than 3,000 times with over 400 'Shares.'
The 2011 Georgetown High School graduate is a student at Tarleton State University, and he is majoring in criminal justice. Pryor plans to enroll in a police academy close to home upon graduation. Pryor has already received multiple job offers from a few police departments, including RRPD.
Pryor is taking the media attention in stride.
"[I'm] just a person doing what the Lord would ask us to do, and that's helping other people," he said.