In response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the California Highway Patrol established a Bicycle Patrol Unit to improve security on the Golden Gate Bridge. But bicycle officers frequently encountered despondent people intent on jumping off the bridge, and suicide prevention became a vital part of the job. As part of our First Person series profiling notable people in the Bay Area, we'll talk with founding bike patrol officer John Carman about his 18 years working to save lives on the Golden Gate Bridge.
Sgt. John Carman: Preventing Suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge
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John Carman, sergeant in the California Highway Patrol