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Port Authority, NYPD officers grab suicidal man in dramatic GWB rescue

Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot File Photo

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A despondent man climbed over the walkway railing and was balanced on the narrow outer ledge of the George Washington Bridge tonight when a Port Authority police officer and an NYPD cop teamed up to grab and pull him to safety.

Tossing a pint bottle of booze into the Hudson, the 29-year-old man told responding authority officers that he intended to jump around 7 p.m. tonight.

Officer James Cronin, a 15-year department veteran, “established a rapport and got him talking,” the authority’s Joseph Pentangelo told CLIFFVIEW PILOT tonight.

“As this conversation was going on, Emergency Services Unit officers readied themselves for a rescue,” he said.

The man then “began moving across the ledge, placing himself in grave danger,” Pentangelo said. “It became likely that he might accidentally fall rather than jump.”

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He then crouched down, telling the officers to back up.

At that point, PAPD Sgt. Kevin Cottrell — a 22-year authority vet — and an NYPD officer gave one another a signal. Both then sprung and grabbed the man.

The 6-foot, 180-pound would-be jumper resisted, but the officers lifted him over the railing to safety, falling onto the pavement.

An ambulance took him to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, Pentangelo said.

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