NEWARK, NJ — A 25-year-old man who attempted to jump off an overpass on Tuesday was saved by two Newark police officers, authorities said.
The man, believed to be suicidal, attempted to jump off an overpass on Route 78, but was rescued by 5th Precinct officers Tianna Contreras and Briana Shanklin, Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose said.
“I’m grateful that our officers were able to talk the man down, essentially saving his life,” Ambrose said. “Our de-escalation training, coupled with the personal care of these officers, resulted in a peaceful ending for this individual’s family and for the city of Newark as a whole. Instead of mourning the loss of a neighbor, we are celebrating the preservation of a life today.”
At approximately 5:20 p.m., police said that the officers were patrolling the intersection of Nye Avenue and Walcott Terrace when they observed the man over the fence of the overpass. Contreras and Shanklin immediately exited their vehicle to render aid, police said.
As the man held onto the gate with one hand and his cell phone with the other, authorities said he informed the officers of his intention to jump. The officers spoke to him until they successfully convinced him to not jump.
The man was transported by EMS to Newark Beth Israel Medical Center for further evaluation.