Tuesday, April 2, 2013

"Golden Gate's Guardian" a video from Karmatube

The Golden Gate Bridge is an iconic landmark of San Francisco, drawing millions of visitors each year. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most popular suicide destinations in the world. California Highway Patrol Sergeant, Kevin Briggs, has saved hundreds of people from jumping over the famous railings in his 26 years of patrolling the bridge through his compassion and dedication - a true everyday hero.

"Golden Gate Guardian", Comprehension Check from
Eve Tarquino: ESL Instructor at Mission Campus of
City College of San Francisco.

1. Where and for whom does Kevin Briggs work?

2. Who does Kevin help?

3. When Kevin talks about the people he helps, he says, “Their sight is very narrow”. What does this mean?

4. How long is the bridge?

5. What does ‘despondent’ mean?

6. How long has Kevin be a highway patrol officer?

7. Where was Kevin raised?

8. What is the general success rate of preventing suicide?

9. What difficulty had Kevin been through when he was younger?

10. Has Kevin been 100% successful?

11. What was the longest time Kevin had to talk someone out of jumping, and why did he finally decide not to jump?

For more history of the Golden Gate Bridge see "The Golden Gate Bridge's 75 Birthday" from VOA

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