Hero teen honored in Wilson County for rescuing suicidal stranger

(Courtesy: Mt. Juliet Police Department)

WILSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Wilson County high school student was recognized on Friday for saving a man’s life earlier this summer.

Kyle Shaw, a senior at Wilson Central High School, received the “Exceptional Citizen Award” at a pep rally.

On Aug. 9, Shaw was on his way to work after school when he saw the man sitting on the edge of the Central Pike overpass.

(Courtesy: Mt. Juliet Police Department)

Shaw said he had a feeling the man was going to jump into traffic on Interstate 40 and felt he needed to “stop it from happening.”

“I stopped my car and got out and hugged him and pulled him up and called 911,” Shaw recalled. “He told me, I asked him why he was doing it, and he said because no one wants me here anymore and like I don’t want to be here anymore. I just want to die.”

Shaw said he held the man in his arms until Mt. Juliet police arrived to the scene. He said he feels good about what he did, but he didn’t expect to get the recognition.

“No matter how young or old you are, anyone can do exceptional things in life,” said police Chief James Hambrick. “Kyle is a prime example of just that, and he should be commended for his exceptional actions.”

Shaw added that he would love to talk with the man again to make sure he’s doing ok.