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Round Rock PD: Good Samaritan saved woman's life

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Would you stop on the side of the road to help a stranger? A 21 year old college student did that last week and now he's being called a hero. Round Rock Police say a woman threatened to jump from the SH-45 overpass.

The woman parked her car around the same time Blake Pryor was driving home from work.

"I just had a gut feeling," said Blake Pryor.

Pryor said he stopped to see if the driver needed anything. When he walked toward the woman he saw a bottle of alcohol and could tell something was heavy on her heart.

"I put my hand on her back and asked if we could talk about anything," said Pryor, who moved to stand between the woman and the edge.

Without any formal training Pryor continued to comfort the woman.

"I told her the decision she was thinking about was final and there were no second chances," he said.

While the two talked, people driving by called 911, according to Round Rock Police Officer Curtis Cox. He was dispatched to the scene and arrived first knowing very little about the situation. Cox knew a woman appeared as though she was trying to take her life.

"I thought he was a boyfriend and maybe trying to calm her down but when I learned he was a stranger and a Good Samaritan it took my breath away," said Cox.

Cox says the woman tried to lunge forward when officers started showing up.

"I just grabbed her and wrapped my arms around her and said it was going to be okay," said Pryor.

Round Rock Police shard Pryor's story on Facebook. Hundreds of comments are coming in from complete strangers thanking him.

"Personally when a stranger risks their life for someone else it is heroic. I don't think Mr. Pryor considers himself a hero, but I do," said Cox.

Pryor says he never expected the attention. He only told his mom, dad and girlfriend about what happened.

"It was just the way I was raised. My parents taught me to help," said Pryor.

Cox says the department never encourages anyone to put their life in danger but admits Pryor most likely saved this woman's life.

Pryor hopes to continue doing that one day. He's studying criminal justice at Tarleton State University and hopes to become a police officer after college.

Because of this he says he's been contacted by area agencies encouraging him to go through their academies.

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