Chances are you pass through thousands of people each day, almost wherever you go. You never truly know the battles people are fighting, whether they’re a messy divorce, substance abuse issues, dire financial straits, or a combination of different maladies. These ailments can drive a person to take drastic measures to end their own life, but the power of music – and one Good Samaritan – can truly give someone the will to live.
Essentially, the story is this. Healthcare worker Christina Settanni was traveling on the busy SR 480 in Orlando, Florida, when she noticed a man sitting on the side of an overpass. Christina pulled over to comfort the man, telling Click Orlando:
“I didn’t really think about stopping, but I thought as I saw him in my rear-view, I probably should stop, especially since no one else did. I stopped because I’ve been where he is. So I know what it’s like. He needed somebody to show that somebody cared, and tell him he didn’t need to do that today.”
Christina then sat with the man and recited lyrics from Linkin Park’s “One More Light”.
“Who cares if one more light goes out? In a sky of a million stars…Well, I do.”
This proved to be enough to convince the man there was another way out, and Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Shaun Cayer was able to capture footage of the interaction.
As others have noted, the song has become an anthem for suicide prevention in the wake of vocalist Chester Bennington’s suicide, proving that Linkin Park’s music has always broken down barriers that truly touch the human spirit.