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Police Talk Man Down from Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

By Nicholas Rizzi | September 25, 2013 12:13pm
Verrazano-Narrows Bridge Rescue
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FORT WADSWORTH — A man perched on a beam of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge Tuesday and threatened to jump, but NYPD negotiators were able to talk him down.

Police received a call about 11 a.m. Tuesday about a man standing on the edge of the upper level of the Staten Island-bound side of the bridge, police said.

Officers Vlad Green and Frank Gigliotti, Detective Nicholas Scianna and an officer from the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority rushed to the scene and talked to the 62-year-old man before the NYPD's Hostage Negotiation Team arrived, cops said.

Video of the incident shows the man perched on a beam of the bridge as traffic whizzes by below. An officer stands about 6 feet from him and appears to be speaking with him as another officer approaches him from behind.

Hostage Negotiation Team Coordinator Lt. Jack Cambria talked to the would-be jumper and coaxed him into leaving the edge of the bridge, police said. Officers from the NYPD's Emergency Service Unit secured the man in a harness and took him to safety, police said.

The man had no injuries but was taken to Lutheran Medical Center for evaluation, cops said.

It was not immediately clear how long the rescue took.