A woman trying to kill herself on the Metro-North tracks in the Bronx on Saturday night was rescued by NYPD officers who scaled a barbed wire fence to apprehend her. Police say officers Ryan Gargan and Erika Malave spotted the woman running on the tracks near Park Avenue and St. Paul's Place. The woman was apparently running straight toward an oncoming train when police spotted her.
At the same time, two other officers, Thomas Clark and Christopher Britton, were dispatched to the location in response to a 911 call saying "that there was a woman on the tracks who was trying to kill herself." The NYPD says officers Clark and Gargan scaled a "12 foot barbed wire-ridden fence" to get to the woman, while Officer Britton used his flashlight to signal the oncoming train to slow down.
Police say Clark and Gargan ran across six sets of electrified live tracks to reach the woman. They picked her up and carried her back to the fence, where all four officers "formed a human chain and lifted the female over a retaining wall and the 12 foot fence," according to the NYPD's account.
The woman, approximately 60 years old, was taken to Lincoln Hospital for evaluation, and no charges have been filed at this time. Officer Gargan was also transported to the hospital, where he received three stitches on his right hand for a cut sustained while scaling the fence.
If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide: do not leave the person alone; remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt; and call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.