An officer with the Attleboro (MA) Police Department successfully talked a suicidal man sitting atop a building estimated to be 70-feet high to safety on Thursday.

According to the Sun Chronicle, Sergeant Jeffrey Peavey—a 32-year-veteran of the force—established a dialogue with the 21-year-old man, speaking with the distraught subject for 45 minutes before convincing the man to retreat from the precipice into safety.

Chief Kyle Heagney told reporters that the man—who has not been identified—"would have definitely hurt himself" had he leaped from the edge.