Policeman Saves Two Lives Through KakaoTalk

A screenshot of the teenager's conversation with the Ulsan policeman.
From Yonhap News:

Ulsan Policeman Saves Two Lives Through KakaoTalk

A police officer was able to rescue two people from suicide through information gleaned through a conversation on the mobile messaging application KakaoTalk.

On the 13th at 10:35am, the Ulsan Police Department’s 112th precinct received a call in which the caller said, “My son is going to kill himself!”

The caller, a Mr. Kim (alias, 50 years old), from Daegu, said, “My son (23), who attends college in Ulsan, sent me a text message that said, ‘I hate my life. I don’t have much time left.’ He didn’t send me any more messages after that. I had to find and rescue my son.”

However, the father did not know his son’s address.

The police were able to track the son by his mobile phone number and found out that he lived in Nam-gu, Mugeo-dong.

It was not easy tracking him, however, with just this information – the police ended up dispatching two officers to try and find the son, but couldn’t find him.

A police sergeant named Lee Sung-jin (age 42) is based at the 112th Precinct and has been touted as one of the department’s most effective and talented police officers.

Sergeant Lee asked Mr. Kim to give him his son’s mobile phone number and sent Mr. Kim’s son a message through KakaoTalk. He introduced himself and greeted the young Mr. Kim like an old friend.

Fortunately, he got a response: “I am Mr. Kim.”

Through the course of the conversation, which was carried out like any other normal one, the young Mr. Kim said, “I’ve only got a few minutes left now” and “I think I’m losing consciousness.”

Sergeant Lee texted back, “I know how you feel, I once went through a difficult time in life too – but you will get through this” and “Are you having second thoughts?”, while persuading the young man to continue the conversation.

Through the conversation, Sergeant Lee was able to find out where Kim lived. Kim relayed that the he lived on the second floor in a studio apartment above a beauty salon.

Lee then dispatched officers to find the young man; within 20 minutes they had found where he lived.

The officers found the doors and windows of the apartment locked, so they forcibly entered. Smoke poured out of the room.

The young Kim and a friend were found unconscious in the main room. Kim and his friend had ignited 25 grills in the bathroom and left them burning; 3 empty soju bottles were also lying on the ground.

The police found a suicide note written by the young Kim blaming no one or nothing in particular, and thus have not yet been able to ascertain a motive for Kim’s suicide attempt.

The victim and his friend are being treated a local hospital; fortunately, their injuries are not life-threatening.

The Ulsan PD plans on investigating more once the victims have recovered.

Sergeant Lee said, “I talked to him like a friend because I felt it was the best way to persuade him [not to kill himself]. Young Mr. Kim sent me a message saying ‘I’m sorry’ and I said to him, “Well, I am also sorry that I lied to you about not being a policeman. The important thing is you are alive. I hope you and your friend can reflect on your mistake and how precious life is; I’m so glad you’ve gotten another chance.”

Comments from Naver:

zecg****:

I want to compliment this police officer very much. This is a really beautiful story.

yori****:

Very good job on this guy’s part…does he not deserve an award? And you know who else could learn from this…our National Assembly, those blood-sucking parasites…many people want to commit suicide because of them!

para****:

What a cool cop~^^ Please arrest those spies who try to incite regional rivalries to ruin the country. The spies pretend to be citizens inciting fights between genders, regions and ethnicities. Please report those mischief-makers!!! To love our country, we shouldn’t fight amongst each other – we’re all Koreans. ^^ Patriotism isn’t something far away. Let’s ignore any baseless attacks, be it towards immigrants, women or those from specific regions. Let’s settle our differences for the better of our society!! We are one!

aodn****:

Hmm…I’m sure most of us have contemplated suicide at least once in our lives. But suicide isn’t the answer. You can think about it, well no, don’t even think about it. Even if it’s difficult, look back on your past, and plan for the future. I should too.

oper****:

Need I say more? Well done by this cop…

kby7****:

What a good police officer! He saved two lives… They should try to live a good life thinking they were reborn. The son who tried to commit suicide should really have thought of his parents…Don’t forget the policemen who were desperately looking for you.

caps****:

As I am currently preparing to become a policeman, reading stuff like this about today’s policemen warms my heart. I would like to take the exam and become a police officer so I can commit to serving the people; the Ulsan PD has my respect.

max_****:

I don’t think the father will be able to forget this for a long time, with the police involved and two people who attempted suicide. Life is precious, and for the two of them to just throw it away was a bad idea…I hope they recover and live a long time.

qorw****:

This is amazing. He really saved two people…this officer should receive an award from the government, shouldn’t he?

ckft****:

You should give replies to the attention-seekers periodically.

bora****:

Give KakaoTalk an award huh huh huh…Phone companies should lower their rates!

nhj5****:

The police actually help us more than the other public officials do in Korea.

sunn****:

Only if the father knew where the son lived…;; Who really wants to die? Since he at least sent a text message to his dad, there is still hopeㅡ

yoon****:

What a nice story. He has my respect.

insi****:

It’s important to pay attention to those who are suicidal…most of the time they just need someone to talk to. Pay more attention to people around you. They can be saved.

saw5****:

KakaoTalk is the real deal!

syhc****:

How cool, I’m really glad that boy is alive.

moun****:

This got me choked up. Life is precious.

vhtk****:

This police officer stands out from the other police officers…he is really an outstanding citizen. He has a sense of duty and pride for the people and country he serves, and a warm heart.

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  • Brett

    OK Chucky. Redemption… I just bashed Korean cops over at japanCRUSH, but what this guy did was awesome.

    I don’t know if he tried because it was his duty or because he really cared, but he tried. He tried to save them and he succeeded.

  • dk2020

    the power of the internets/KakaoTalk ..I hope all the police in Korea learned from that Suwon murder .. It usually take public outrage and scandal for things to change ..

  • Cleo

    I just watched another episode of Somewhere Street on NHK World News where they walked around a town – this time Jeonju – for hours filming ordinary citizens who looked wary. They stopped two Korean policemen on horseback in traditional Korean clothing who seemed very proud and intelligent of their role. That must suck for the Japanese viewers!

    • Sillian

      Sounds just like another interesting program on NHK.

  • 3ayo

    “Even if it’s difficult, look back on your past, and plan for the future.”
    ^^ Couldn’t be more true. Great article the best I’ve seen on kBang in awhile. :)

  • dim mak

    Wow

    How did they fit 25 grills in a bathroom

    Those musta been tiny grills

    • moob cinos

      my guess is that it is probably one of those square portable gas stoves

  • http://twitter.com/cury2580 bbbbaaaa

    이사이트는 뭐하는 사이트지 ????? 개쓰레기 미국 양키새끼들 다 모여서 ㅋㅋ 한국인들 욕하는 사이트인가 ???????? 개 시발양키새끼들은 정이안가 ㅋㅋㅋ 한국에 있는 양키새끼들 자기나라에서 개쓰레기 하급인새끼들이 99%라던데 사실인갑네 ㅋㅋ 이사이트보니깐 ㅋㅋ

    • Sillian

      영어쓰면 다 양키? 이런 저질간질발작글 써갈기는 게 진짜 한국인 욕먹이는 거란 걸 모르는 초딩이구만. 에효…그냥 사라지시면 도움이 됩니다. 경찰 아저씨가 자살하려는 사람 살린 훈훈한 글이구만 왜 이 난리지? 하여간 개나 소나 다 인터넷하니… 똥글들 지우고 가세요.

      • http://twitter.com/cury2580 bbbbaaaa

        양키후빨러는 빠져 샹련아 ㅋㅋ

      • http://twitter.com/cury2580 bbbbaaaa

        어이구 ㅋㅋ 양키들이 한국인들 욕하는사이트까지 옹호하는거 보니 백인이라면 사죽을 못쓰는 김치년이 확실하구만

        • Sillian

          그냥 일베 가서 똥글 쓰면서 수용소 안에서 노세요.

          • http://twitter.com/cury2580 bbbbaaaa

            일베에서 쓰는 댓글 보면서 노는 관음증 환자 찌질이년들이 ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ 뭐만하면 일베래 ㅋㅋㅋㅋ

          • Brett

            Hahaha 일베 벌레들이 재미있어 ㅋㅋㅋ

    • Brett

      I doubt you can even read what I am writing now, but I don’t doubt that you are under 16 years old and have a brain not much larger than that of a pea.

      • http://twitter.com/cury2580 bbbbaaaa

        남의 댓글이나 훔쳐서 보는 주제에 ㅋㅋㅋㅋ 관음증 환자새끼야 ㅋㅋ

        • Brett

          ㅋㅋㅋ 귀엽네화내는것좀봨ㅋㅋㅋ

          • http://twitter.com/cury2580 bbbbaaaa

            양키들은 글만으로도 ㅋㅋ 사람의 감정을 아는갑소 ?????? ㅎㅎ 븅신 ㅋㅋㅋ 개양키새끼 ㅋㅋ귀엽네 ㅋㅋ 헤헤 ㅎㅎ

          • Brett

            ㅋㅋㅋㅋ구라까지마초딩은어디덧셈좀더하고오세욬ㅋㅋ좀만더재밋게좀해봐왜케재미가업어ㅡㅡ

            I believe I’ve exhausted the extent of my trash talking skills in Korean. Speak English if you want to converse.

          • http://twitter.com/cury2580 bbbbaaaa

            어디덧셈은 어느나라말이냐? ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ 언어전달을 똑바로해라 ㅋㅋ 대화가 안되는새끼네 요거 ㅋㅋㅋ귀엽다 ㅋ

          • Brett

            Surely you didn’t expect me to be fluent, did you? Sorry, I learned playing Sudden with your classmates. Haha

          • http://twitter.com/cury2580 bbbbaaaa

            한국에서 돈처벌어먹고 사는 십버러지주제에 ㅋㅋ 한국말써라ㅋㅋㅋㅋ 존나 거만한 양키새끼네 ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ 너희들이 그래서 욕처먹는겨 ㅋㅋㅋ 알겠냐 ???

          • Brett

            I can’t wait for you to get IP banned. This is an English forum, go to 학원 like your friends and come back when you can form a coherent sentence. However I get the feeling you only wish to talk like a child, 트롤 on buddy.

          • http://twitter.com/cury2580 bbbbaaaa

            난 한국사람인데 영어를 왜 배우냐 ????????????? 븅신이네 요거 ㅋㅋㅋㅋ

          • Brett

            배우지마 spend your afternoons at the pc방 like a good troll.

          • http://twitter.com/cury2580 bbbbaaaa

            백수새끼 ㅋㅋㅋ 너 직업은 있냐 ?? ㅋㅋㅋㅋ 직업 있어봤자 ㅋㅋ 영어강사 ㅋㅋㅋ 양키새끼들이 그거밖에 더있냐 ?? ㅋㅋㅋ

          • Brett

            Haha sucks to be me then, huh? I bet your a stunner.

          • http://twitter.com/cury2580 bbbbaaaa

            아니 직업은 있냐고 물었잖아 ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ 너 직업뭐야 ???????? 뻔하지 ㅋㅋ 영어강사 or 미군 ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ 씹버러지새끼 ㅋㅋ

          • Raphael_kB

            귀하의 사려깊은 의견에 깊이 감사드리나, 서로를 향한 지나친 비방은 삼가주시길 바랍니다. 감사합니다.

          • http://twitter.com/cury2580 bbbbaaaa

            한국인들이 미국가면 하는 직업 : 변호사,의사,CEO,사장님 (상류층)
            양키들이 한국오면 하는 직업: 영어강사,미군,백수 (하류층) ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

          • Brett

            Yup, Koreans are the most successful demographic in America. All foreigners in Korea teach English. You should write a book you’re so knowledgeable.

          • http://twitter.com/cury2580 bbbbaaaa

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49uiA66BsRw 한국사람 안좋은것만 올리지 말고 이런것도 좀 올리지 ??? 십버러지들아 ????? 한국에서 빌붙어처먹고 사는것들이 모여서 한국사람 욕하고있네 ㅋㅋ 미국에서 한국인이 이랬으면 개양키새끼들 난리났겠지 ㅋㅋ 이중적인 위선자 새끼들 !!

          • http://twitter.com/cury2580 bbbbaaaa

            http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=102&oid=214&aid=0000224332

            이런것도 좀 올리라고 ㅋㅋㅋㅋ 한국사람 안좋은것만 올리지말고 개양키새끼들아 ㅋㅋㅋ 위선자새끼들 !! ㅋㅋㅋ
            불쌍한 필리피나들

          • Sillian

            이 훈훈한 경찰관 기사만 봐도 이게 한국사람 안좋은 것만 올리는 건가? 사이트 취지 자체가 네티즌 반응 위주라 일단 댓글이 많이 달리고 포탈 사이트 같은 데서 순위 높았던 기사 위주로 번역되는구만. 아무리 애기라도 똥오줌은 가려야지. 씨부리는 건 좋은데 말은 되게 하라고. 이렇게 발광떨면서 나대고 욕지거리하는 게 오히려 욕먹이는 거라니까? 표현을 해도 좀 제대로 못하냐? 무슨 정신병자처럼.

          • http://twitter.com/cury2580 bbbbaaaa

            이 기사말고 다른기사 90프로는 한국사람 욕하는거구만 ㅋㅋㅋㅋ내가 이기사에 댓글단 이유는 가장 최신기사라서 그런거야 ㅄ아

          • Sillian

            댓글 많이 달린 인기기사라는 게 사건 사고 위주인데 너무 예민한 거 아냐? 어느나라나 다 사건 사고 있는 건데 뭐가 그렇게 쪽팔린데? 그렇게 쪽팔리면 여기서 이런 식으로 ㅄ같이 댓글달면 안되는 거 아냐? 니같은 넘들이 더 욕먹인다고.

          • http://twitter.com/cury2580 bbbbaaaa

            난 쪽팔리다고 한적없는데 ???? 말 잘했네 어느나라던 사건 사고는 다있는데 ㅋㅋ 이십새키들은 지들은 무슨 천국에서 살고 온거처럼 ㅋㅋ한국인들은 어쩌고 저쩌고 ㅋㅋㅋㅋ 이중적인 양키새끼들 ㅋㅋ이런 십새끼들이 한국에서 사는게 아이러니 ㅋㅋㅋ

          • Sillian

            아 물론 이 사이트 댓글란에 헛소리하는 사람들 있지. 근데 그런 건 대개 다른 사람들한테 지적당한다고. 토론하라고 댓글란이 있는 거고. 근데 너같이 말도 안되게 다짜고짜 와서 욕지거리로 도배하면 너야말로 진정한 소위말하는 혐한이다. 그냥 쌍욕지거리하고 그걸로 오히려 한국사람들 욕먹이는 거. 그거 유투브 같은 데서 한국인 코스프레하는 혐한애들이 잘 써먹는 수법인 거 모르냐? 어차피 논쟁같은 거 할 줄 모르면 그냥 빠져주시는 게 도와주는 거라고. 그걸 못알아먹네. 싸지른 똥글 지우고 그냥 가라.

          • http://twitter.com/cury2580 bbbbaaaa

            좆까 ^^

          • http://twitter.com/cury2580 bbbbaaaa

            외모가지고 공격하는건 너무 무식해보여서 ^^
            너같은 무식한새끼들이나 하는짓이라서 지웠어 ^^

    • harvz

      ㅋㅋㅋ 사가지 없는데

      • http://twitter.com/cury2580 bbbbaaaa

        이건 또 뭐하는 돼지새끼여 ???? ㅎㅎㅎ싸가지는 알겠는데 ㅋㅋ 사가지는 뭐냐 ????? ㅋㅋㅋㅋ 뭘 사가게 ??????? ㅋㅋ

  • Guest

    fuck usa fuck usa fuck usa fuck usa fuck usa fuck usa fuck usa fuck usa fuck usa fuck usa fuck usa fuck usa fuck usa fuck usa fuck

    • balls

      If you write it just a few more times, maybe I’ll start agreeing with you!

  • http://twitter.com/cury2580 bbbbaaaa

    fuck you yankees
    yankees go home !!!!!

    개쓰레기 양키새끼들

  • http://twitter.com/cury2580 bbbbaaaa

    한국에 있는 모든 개양키새끼들은 미국에서 무시받고 괄시받는 쓰레기 하층민들입니다
    미국에서 잘나가는놈들이 한국에 왜 오겠어요??? 이 개쓰레기새끼들은 단지 영어를 쓴단 이유로 한국에서 월급받으면서 일하고있습니다 개줫같은 양키새끼들 다죽여야되는데 빨리 스킨헤드 창설이 시급합니다 양키새끼들은 보이는데로 죽여야합니다

  • http://twitter.com/cury2580 bbbbaaaa

    Yankees arrogant and ignorant trash

  • http://twitter.com/cury2580 bbbbaaaa

    이 개쓰레기 사이트는 어떤 개양키새끼가 만든거지 ????????? 양키새끼들은 자기나라에나 신경쓰지 남의나라에는 왜 신경쓰는거고 ???????? 개졷양키 특성인가 ???????

  • http://twitter.com/cury2580 bbbbaaaa

    This web site
    Korean comments translated
    many Yankee Voyeurism patients ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

    ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ 찌질이들 ㅋㅋㅋ

  • chucky3176

    Mod, why don’t you just delete the troll posts, instead of leaving them in there. It’s hard to read anything, when it’s full of dots. It looks messy.

    • http://www.koreabang.com/ James Pearson

      Damn right! The troll came out of his cave on a weekend, when the priority is wine (and not koreaBANG). That, and our system seems to replace comments with full stops when someone gets blacklisted. I’ll go through the tedious click orgy and get rid of them for you Chucky ;)

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