Man describes how he saved woman who jumped from Oakland Coliseum's deck

11:16 PM, Nov 25, 2013   |    comments
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Donnie Navidad said he was at the Raiders game Sunday night with a friend when a woman jumped from the Oakland Coliseum's third deck.

As crowds were dispersing, Navidad, a retired Marine, saw a young woman sitting on the ledge of the stadium's third deck.

"I heard a lady's voice in the distance say 'don't do it, don't do it,'" Navidad explained.

Navidad placed himself under the woman and yelled at her not to jump.

"I had a fix on her and then she started to descend," Navidad explained. "As she started to descend I braced myself to catch her."

He was able to break the woman's 50-foot fall, but sustained minor injuries. Navidad's left leg and arm were bruised up after the catch.

Investigators said woman survived the jump thanks to Navidad's quick thinking.

"Once a Marine, always a marine," Navidad's wife Lora Navidad said. "He said his instincts just kicked in and all he wanted to do was to save her."

Navidad risked his own life to save a woman he had never met. His heroic actions got him a visit from the Raiders organization, including Hall of Famer Willie Brown. 

"It's the least I can do. It's the least the Raiders organization can do for a person who has a season ticket," Brown said. "He loved the Raiders, we love him."

Navidad was even given Sunday's game ball as a token of appreciation. Something, he said, he will always cherish. 

While at the hospital, Navidad kept asking how the woman was doing. 

"[She's] 20 something years young. [She] still has a whole life ahead. Why?" Navidad asked.

Investigators have not released any information about the woman Navidad saved.

Even with all this attention, Navidad doesn't think of himself as a hero.

 "I don't wear a batman suit, a superman or those characters," Navidad said. "I just reacted the way I did."


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