Elite NYPD Emergency Service Unit (ESU) and Port Authority police officers used great team tactics and effective crisis communication skills to successfully rescue a despondent man atop of the George Washington Bridge Friday morning.
Emergency Service Unit 2 responded to a call of a suicidal 54-year-old man on the George Washington Bridge where detectives from the ESU were met by Port Authority Police (PAPD) who informed them that a man was climbing up the cables to the top of the westside tower.
The ESU detectives with the assistance of PAPD officers ascended the tower via the elevator. Once they reached the top of the tower the man was standing at the edge threatening to jump. Detective Raul Gonzalez of ESU 2 took time to established a dialogue with the man allowing him to come closer to the officers. Detectives Brandon Watson and Raul Gonzalez were able to rescue the him and bring him to safety. The man was removed to Bergen Regional Hospital for evaluation.
If you are having thoughts of suicide, help is available. You have options and you are not alone. You can call the Life Line at 1-800-273-8255 or 911 for an emergency. You can also text “Talk” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741.
If you know someone who might be in a crisis, you do not have to be an expert to help them. Get tips here: www.NYPDnews.com/TalkToMe