N.J. first responders rescue man about to jump from bridge

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In a dramatic rescue, team of Newark emergency responders pulled a suicidal man from the ledge of a bridge over the Passaic River on Wednesday.


The scene unfolded after police received a call about a man threatening to jump from Bridge Street bridge that links Newark and Harrison, NJ.com reported.

Newark police officers Joseph Kerik and Willie Winns, both members of the city’s specially-trained Emergency Services Unit, developed a rapport with the man, who Kerik told the website was “down on his luck.”







A Newark fire boat was positioned below the scene in case the man fell.

“Every chance I could get, I inched a little closer and a little closer until I saw an opening and I went for it, and I grabbed him.” Winns told NJ.com. 

The man initially struggled and then let go of the bridge, before being hoisted over the rails to safety. 

The man, who thanked his rescuers, was transported to University Hospital for evaluation, Winns added.



















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