NYPD Rescues Man From Jumping Off Manhattan Bridge

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The Manhattan Bridge is seen from the One World Observatory from the 100th floor of One World Trade Center at the Ground Zero site on April 2, 2013 in New York City. One World Observatory, which is situated more than 1,250 feet over lower Manhattan, will open to the public in 2015 and will include a pre-show theater, multiple spaces that allow for panoramas of the New York City region and numerous dining options. When completed, One World Trade Center will be the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere at 1776 feet. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit talked an apparently suicidal man off the Manhattan Bridge Wednesday afternoon.

As 1010 WINS’ Holli Haerr reported, ESU officers said they got the call of a man wearing red shorts climbing the bridge at around 12:20 p.m.

Officers Steven Caron and Robert Romano climbed up to him and Caron started talking, Haerr reported.

“He had expressed to us that he had gotten into a fight with his father and that he wanted to jump off the bridge,” Caron said.

The officer said he told the man he’s fought with his own father “and I said I don’t think your father’s gonna want to see you do this.”

“At that point I thought we had a little connection. He seems to relax slightly,” Caron added.

The man was able to calm down and officers escorted him off of the bridge, Haerr reported. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital Center.

The officers said its something they train for all the time. In fact, the NYPD said members of its ESU unit were actually training at the Brooklyn Bridge on Tuesday for similar incidents.

“We don’t get these jobs every day, but we train a lot for it. It feels good to get him down safe,” said officer Romano.

At one point, all of the bridge’s Manhattan-bound lanes were closed due to the incident.

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