Radio Station Sees Disturbing Tweets from Listener, Immediately Calls 911 To Save His Life


You’re probably familiar with the saying, “if you see something, say something.”

Perhaps your suspicion will be false, but you never know unless you speak up.

An Indiana man is alive today because a team of radio hosts noticed a suspicious cry for help — and they did something in response.

It all started when Plainfield resident Brett Wrin called the radio show “The Smiley Morning Show” asking for marital advice.

At the time, Wrin’s life was in a dark place. He knew he was depressed, his marriage was on the fritz and he was overwhelmed with life.

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After the phone call, Wrin was left in a funk after hearing negative feedback from listeners on-air and online.

“I am usually good with negative feedback, but that day, with the whole depression kind of just building up, I just decided that it was the time,” Wrin told WTHR-TV.

Wrin went into his house and attempted to end his life.

But something inside Wrin prompted him to reach out for help, just one last time. He sent a series of short messages out on Twitter, directed at the radio show hosts at WZPL.

Smiley Morning Show co-host Nikki Reed was one of the people to read Wrin’s desperate, vague tweets.

“A tweet from him first that was kind of like, none of it matters now, and mentioned taking some pills, and then there was another tweet that it should be over soon,” Reed said.

“I remember feeling very panicked,” Reed said. “So Toni, Will and I ran over to our program director and we said, ‘Hey this is going on. We don’t know if it’s true or not true, but we are worried.'”

By the time the team managed to track down Wrin’s approximate location and alert police, Wrin’s medication had already kicked in.

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Wrin remembered managing to open the door for police and being whisked away to a hospital.

Today, Wrin has a team of radio hosts to thank for saving his life.

“I am hoping that people will know that a random group of people from a radio station took the time out of their day to make sure I stayed alive,” Wrin said.

“People, no matter who you are, if you think you don’t have anybody, you have somebody standing in your corner.”

A year later, Wrin’s life is much healthier these days, which he hopes will encourage others not to give up.

“I think so many people don’t see the end of the rainbow,” Reed said. “They don’t understand it can get so much better and all you need to do is keep working at it and he’s done a great job, and he is a wonderful example of how it can always get better.”

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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