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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