Collin Dozier was driving home around midnight at the end of last month when he noticed a car pulled over on a nearby bridge. Collin immediately felt God calling him over to the bridge, so he headed right over.
“It felt like somebody knocking on your front door. You gotta go answer it,” Collin recalled. “It was just crystal clear.”
Collin still went home, but when he got there, he got right on his electric scooter and headed back to Lesner Bridge in Virginia Beach. There, he came upon a man who was preparing to commit suicide.
“I didn’t want to get too close to him,” Collin said in a video shared online by his church. “I got about 10-15 feet away from him and I leaned over the railing next to him, and I said, ‘Hey man, what’s going on?’ No response.”
The 27 year-old suicidal man would not even look at Collin, but he refused to give up on him.
“I said, ‘Don’t do it. Jesus loves you. He’s here for you,'” he recounted.
“The only thing I could possibly do was turn to the Lord and pray,” Collin continued. “So I got closer to him a little bit, and I reached out my hand, and I said, ‘Lord Jesus, please speak to this guy. Open his eyes right now. Let him see your love.’ I know when times are tough, that’s the only thing to possibly turn to.”
Police finally arrived after about twenty minutes, and when they got there, the young man flipped to the other side of the bridge’s railing, facing the water. The troubled man then said he had a gun, and repeatedly threatened to shoot Collin and the officers. Even at this point, Collin did not give up and inched closer to the man.
“I lunged for it,” Collin said. “I went around his arms, and I pinched my elbows in so his arms wouldn’t flail and reach for anything. I stepped up on the railing and I sucked him back and I threw him down on the pavement.”
Officers then intervened and took the man into custody before sending him to a rehabilitation facility, where he stayed for more than a week. Afterwards, the man started going to church with Collin on Sundays. He has also been sober for three weeks, when he had previously not been sober for more than ten days.
“This happened for a reason. This is not by chance. I can’t not share this,” Collin said. “Because this is totally God — everything about it. God used me to be able to do this. What are the chances of me being there out of all people?”
Collin added that he “never thought” God would use him in such a big way.
“It’s really helped grow my faith because I’m, for the first time, getting hundreds of messages from people saying … they want to change their lives and this story motivated them to do that,” he said. “I just continue seeing so many hearts changed from this story. It’s incredible.”
Watch Collin’s testimonial in the video below.