New York Police seen on video saving suicidal man from jumping off Verrazano-Narrows BridgeBy Mason White 6:44 PM November 12, 2013
|Suicidal man about to jump off Verrazano-Narrows Bridge|
By: Eva Fett
(Scroll down for video) A suicidal man is in the hospital after police successfully prevented him from jumping off a bridge, according to video uploaded to the Internet.
Officers of the New York Police Department rescued the man before he was able to jump from the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on Monday morning.
Around 10:00 a.m., a 39-year-old man from Merrick, Long Island, stopped at the right lane in a Dodge Caravan, got out and walked to the edge of the bridge on the Brooklyn side.
A video showed how police officers were trying to negotiate with the man. Rescuers pulled him back to safety after he began looking at the water below.
“We thought we were making progress with him. We thought he was coming back, but then he shut down. He started praying, and it looked like he was making peace with what he was about to do,” Detective Jeffrey Loughery said.
“At that time, we saw a small window of opportunity, and we grabbed him,” he also said.
The man told officers he had lost his job and feared he would not be able to keep his 2-year-old son.