The Globe's Neil Swidey writes an excellent account of a really sad story: The May night when a man jumped into the Charles from the Mass. Ave. Bridge to try to save his suicidal friend.
I thought I'd have to do that one day. I saw a guy jump off the bridge but turned out he was just going for a swim.
It's a very moving article, but the second paragraph is bugging the hell out of me. There's no reason to include that editorial aside. None.
I didn't like how that was put, especially before the character had really been introduced. However, throughout the story, character thinks only of his friend, and ends with character saying that he should have done more. Perhaps his friend came before *everything*.