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WATCH: Strangers rally for a man on a roof during 15-hour standoff

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 12/14/17

The video above tells part of the story, which unfolded in Springfield, Missouri just before Thanksgiving.


Police say a man who was standing on a rooftop in downtown Springfield for more than 15 hours has left the roof.

According to a tweet from the Springfield Police Department, officers “successfully ended” the incident at 3:30 a.m., at which point the man was taken to a hospital.

The man had been on the rooftop since before noon on Monday, causing parts of Park Central Square to be shut down intermittenly.

A couple of dozen people were still gathered on the square watching the events play out.

Firefighters raised a ladder up to the rooftop but the man did not get on.

Just before 9 p.m., about a dozen people on the square began holding signs with encouraging messages for the man. The signs read “We care,” “It’ll get better” and “You are valuable.”

Timber Daniel said she was on her way to the Juicy J concert when she walked by the square and saw the man on the ledge.

“I don’t have the heart to leave this guy,” Daniel said.

Daniel’s sign said “you’re not alone.”

She said she has lost friends to suicide and she hoped that didn’t happen for this man.

Amanda Smith said she saw someone post a picture of the man on social media and she decided to come out and try to help.

Read on.

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