The NYPD has released aerial footage showing a harrowing Verrazano Bridge rescue that took place yesterday morning. According to police, an unnamed man got out of his car on the upper level of the bridge around 10 a.m., left the vehicle with the hazard lights on, and climbed out onto the outer cables. The distraught man threatened to jump because he was "upset that he could not find a job and provide for his family." Here's video of the dramatic rescue:
Detective Jeffrey Loughery, Detective Paul Fazio and Police Officer Robert Reed of Emergency Service Squad 5 are credited with the rescue. According to the NYPD's statement:
Officer Reed began speaking to the individual, who was upset that he could not find a job and provide for his family. Officer Reed then moved out to him until the men were approximately five feet apart. The individual was standing on a ledge with both hands gripped around the cables and turned his body while wrapping his other arm around the cables.
Detectives Loughery and Fazio, believing the man was preparing to jump, quickly moved in and secured him with a safety harness and a rescue line. He was then brought to the safety of the roadbed and removed by EMS to Staten Island University North Hospital.
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