MADISON, NJ - In a join effort Madison and Chatham police officers save the live of a NJ transit overpass bridge jumper this week.
Madison police officers were dispatched to the Union Hill Road train overpass for a person who was threatening to jump, according to Lt. John Miscia of the Madison police department. Madison dispatch also received a call from Chatham Borough Police Department, who advised that their officers were already on the scene with the individual threatening to jump off of the bridge, which is above the NJ Transit train lines.
"Madison Police Sgt James Cavezza, Patrolmen Chris Burans and Travis Daniel met with the patient who was standing on the ledge of the bridge approximately 8 feet above the sidewalk and approximately 30-40 feet over the train tracks," said Miscia. "The Chatham Borough Police Sgt. Daryle Kelly, along with Chatham Patrol Officers Joseph Crecca and Agnes Cisek were already engaging in communication with the person and attempting to talk them down."
In a coordinated effort "after several attempts in calming the patient, officers had to make a split-second decision and jumped up approximately 8 feet to grab the patient and pulled the person to the ground safely," added Miscia of the Madison police department.
Madison Volunteer Ambulance Corps arrived and transported the patient to Morristown Medical Center for a psychological evaluation and the patient was reunited with their family.
"I am proud of all the officers on scene from both Madison and Chatham Borough whose split-second decisions turned around what could have been a tragic event and which saved a life," Madison Police Chief Darren P. Dachisen Sr.
“I am extremely impressed, but not surprised, by the extraordinary cooperation, effort and compassion exhibited by all of the officers on scene," Chatham Borough Police Chief Brian K. Gibbons added.