A 34-year-old man who was preparing to jump off the Manhattan Bridge yesterday afternoon is safe thanks to the swift response of three NYPD officers. Responding to a 911 call of a man walking along the outer edge of the bridge, Officers Anthony Brooks and Daniel Sandberg and William Cooper found the man facing the water. "He had a look in his eyes like he wasn't all there—like he was somewhere else," Brooks told the Post. "In this situation we couldn't wait for ESU to get there because he was going to make a move."
After attempts to speak with him to get his name and age were met with silence, the man turned his back on police and appeared to resign himself to his fate. "He was one step away from falling over the edge," Brooks said. "There was no time to hesitate. I basically reached out, grabbed him around the waist and pulled him off the ledge." The other two officers assisted Brooks with getting the man to safety, and he was later taken to Bellevue Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. In 2009, a man jumped from the bridge and had to be rescued by NYPD boats and helicopters.