Dashboard footage showed a police officer running after a man who was trying to jump off the bridge because he said his entire family was dead.
Sergeant Greg Bogert received a dispatch call an hour or less before noon. Supposedly, a lot of commuters had reported a man who was walking around in the middle of a busy highway in New Jersey.
Arriving at the scene, Bogert saw the man in front of a car. He was crying and was “in obvious distress,” as revealed by the Riverdale Police Department.
Bogert’s arrival possibly brought panic to the man, which made him sprint towards the side of the road in an attempt to jump off the bridge.
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As seen on the dashboard forage, the man ran towards the edge of the overpass and hastily climbed over.
Luckily, 18-year-old Bogert was quick to chase him and pulled him away from the ledge just in time.
He then tackled the distressed man to the ground and stopped him from taking his own life.
Speaking to NJ.com, Bogert said he didn’t have time to think things through, and he just acted on instincts.
He also told the Record that the initial call he received was “about a man walking back and forth, looking at the edge of the bridge and jumping in front of vehicles.”
“I could kind of tell he was trying to commit suicide. I didn’t want to spook him, so I cracked the door to my car open and started to get out slowly,” he added.
As revealed by the police, the man was yelling that he wanted to end his life because his family was dead.
Although the authorities did not release the man’s identity, they revealed that his family is not dead and that the man is from Pennsylvania.
Bogert was able to calm the man and helped in taking the man to a local hospital “for psychological help.”
The dramatic video, which was originally posted on Facebook by the police department, has received more than half a million views online with people praising Bogert for his heroic act.
Bogert told NJ.com, “It’s just incredible what’s happening. We’re not used to ‘thank you’s.’”
In other news, a pensioner wanted to take his own life after he discovered an error on his tax return.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Other international suicide helplines can be found at befrienders.org.