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Rookie Port Authority police officers stop woman in fur coat from GWB suicide try

Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot File Photo

SHOUT OUT: After heading to the George Washington Bridge to commit suicide and finding the walkway closed last week, a 26-year-old New York City woman with a bottle of whiskey in her full-length fur coat returned to accomplish the deed this afternoon but was rescued by a pair of rookie Port Authority rookie police officers.

It was the 74th intervention this year — double last year’s total — and the eighth this month.

Officers Samantha Koch and Tom McPike spotted the visibly upset woman on the south walkway about midspan around 4 o’clock this afternoon, the authority’s Joseph Pentangelo told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

She told them of “a series of personal problems and her intention to jump from the bridge,” he said.

“She went on to explain that she had come to the bridge last week for the same purpose but the walkway was closed,” Pentangelo said, “so she decided to try again today.”

The officers convinced the woman to let them help her, then called an ambulance that took her to Bergen County Regional Medical Center.

They found a half-empty bottle of Jamieson in her coat pocket, Pentangelo said.

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