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Third day at GWB, rookie Port Authority officer grabs attempted jumper

Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot File Photo
Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A rookie officer patrolling the George Washington Bridge for only her third day pulled an emotionally disturbed man back from a bridge railing after he put one leg over the side — barely an hour and a half after two of her colleagues delivered a baby at the toll booths.

Police Officer Katherine Acevedo found the troubled man pacing back and forth on the south walkway around 8:15 a.m., the authority’s Joseph Pentangelo told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

She began talking with him, but the man began walking away, he said.

Then, without warning, he put his leg over the outer railing, Pentangelo said.

The 5-foot-3-inch Acevedo grabbed the 5-foot-11-inch man, pulled him back on the walkway and restrained him until backups arrived.

He was taken to Englewood Medical Center for a psychiatric evaluation, Pentangelo said.

A short time earlier, a pair of Port Authority officers delivered a baby. READ MORE….


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