NEWARK, NJ — Three Newark police officers rescued a distraught man from jumping off the Route 78 overpass at West Runyon Street and Irvine Turner Boulevard Monday.

At around 10 a.m., 5th Precinct officers Darrell Fields, Abdul Aziz Yasin and Miguel Silva responded to a call of attempted suicide of a man who had positioned himself to jump off the overpass, Newark Public Safety Director Brian O’Hara said. 

Fields, Yasin and Silva immediately exited their vehicle to render aid, and two bystanders who witnessed the suicide attempt exited their vehicle to aid police in encouraging the man to not jump, authorities reported. 

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In less than 10 minutes, the man was brought back over the railing to safety. He was then taken by to an area hospital for further evaluation.

“I commend our officers for saving this man’s life by speaking to him with empathy and as a friend,” O’Hara said. “Seeing our de-escalation training in action is extremely gratifying, especially when it prevents a family from grieving an untimely loss. I am most grateful that the responding officers handled such a delicate situation with understanding and compassion.”

The life-saving efforts of the Newark police officers come just months after a 25-year-old man who attempted to jump off an overpass was saved by 5th Precinct officers Tianna Contreras and Briana Shanklin.

Officers patrolling the intersection of Nye Avenue and Walcott Terrace said 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. 



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