Veteran Injured Saving Woman Who Jumped from Upper Deck at Oakland Coliseum

Servicemembers stand on the field before the game at the Oakland Coliseum Sunday. Servicemembers stand on the field before the game at the Oakland Coliseum Sunday. Beck Diefenbach/AP

On Sunday, a 61-year-old man saved the life of a woman who decided to jump off the third deck of the Oakland Coliseum after the Raiders game. In an attempt to catch her, the life-long Raiders fan suffered serious injuries.

"He saved her life quite honestly, at his own expense ... This guy 100 percent saved her life. She'd be dead now,"  Sgt. J.D. Nelson of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office told the Associated Press. "The injured man was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, but was conscious and talking and is expected to survive," the AP added.The man and woman involved haven't been identified yet. 

The incident occurred right after Oakland's 23-19 loss to the Tennessee Titans when, for a unknown reason, a woman jumped from the stadium's third level in section 301. NBC Bay Area reports that people in the lower decks, including her life-saver, pleaded with her not to jump but she did anyway. It's not known for certain if this was a suicide attempt, but the section the woman leapt from was closed off during the game, and the seats covered with a tarp.

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