MORRISTOWN, NJ – Morris County Prosecutor’s Office officials honored a prosecutor’s office detective on June 3 for saving the life of a woman who appeared to be trying to take her own life.

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office (MCPO) Detective Luis Goncalves was traveling on Route 3 in Lyndhurst on May 20, returning from an investigation, when he observed a female sitting on the edge of a high bridge with her feet dangling off the bridge. Fearing she was attempting to take her own life, Goncalves contacted the Lyndhurst Police to report his observation. Goncalves identified himself as a detective with the MCPO and told the dispatcher that he would stand by and render further assistance.

The female got off the ledge and attempted to walk towards the busy highway. She was stopped from entering the highway, and Goncalves assisted with translation of the Spanish language. He detected that she had slurred speech and was incoherent. Upon a search of the woman, a controlled dangerous substance was retrieved and she was secured by Lyndhurst Police officers for further investigation.

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Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and Acting Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker presented a commendation to Goncalves on June 3.

Prosecutor Knapp said, “The heroic lifesaving actions of Detective Goncalves while off duty undoubtedly prevented a tragedy from occurring. He and all of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office detectives are unreservedly dedicated to protecting and preserving the safety of our residents. I am very proud to recognize Detective Goncalves for his service under very adverse circumstances.”