FORT LEE, N.J. – Two police officers are being credited with stopping a man from committing suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge in northern New Jersey.
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Joe Pentangelo says the rescue happened at around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, shortly after a motorist reported seeing a man leave his car on the lower level of the bridge's westbound side.
Officers Jesse Turano and Brendan Mulderrig responded and saw the 37-year-old man standing on the outside of the bridge's railing with the river 200 feet below.
Turano reached over and grabbed the man, struggling with him to pull him back to safety as Mulderrig held onto his partner. They succeeded after a few tense moments, and the man was taken to a hospital for an evaluation.