Cops talk jumper off bridge E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

According to New Jersey Today, a team of police officers managed to talk a suicidal 24-year-old man off a bridge. Anyone who’s been on a jumper call knows these things take time. In this case it took the cops about 3½-hours to convince the guy to climb to safety.

The man, whose identity was not released, was taken to a local hospital for observation.

Sayreville, New Jersey police rushed to the Edison Bridge on Route 9 in New Jersey around midnight after a motorist called saying a man was walking along the northbound shoulder and looking at the river below.

Officer Michael Theile of the Sayreville Police Department arrived at the bridge and found the man on the outside of the safety railing.

Theile repeatedly attempted to engage the man in conversation. He used a calm voice and manner while telling the guy not to let go of the railing.

The jump, about 125 feet, likely would have killed the man.

Police immediately contacted the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Special Operations Response Team and they sent Michael Daniewicz, a crisis negotiator for SORT and an investigator for the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

Daniewicz and Theile refused to give up on the would-be jumper. Eventually their efforts paid off and the guy climbed back over the railing to safety.

Before being taken to the hospital, officers allowed the man to speak briefly with his family. They had been contacted by police during the time it took Daniewicz and Theile to get the guy off the ledge.

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