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Suicidal man saved from bridge jump had backpack full of rocks

The suicidal man pulled off the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge after a tense, five-hour standoff with police had a backpack full of rocks, according to rescue workers who said the marathon operation was worth every minute to save the man.

“This job took about five hours of negotiating,” said rescuer Sgt. John Jacoby, 49, noting they usually take about an hour. “This was the longest job I’ve ever been a part of. But there’s no rush for us to get this done. The longer a person is up there, they begin to think about what they’re doing.”

The man was wearing a backpack full of rocks, but cops convinced him to toss it 650 feet down into the Narrows below before taking him into custody at 1:45 p.m.

Jacoby said the man, who cops classified as emotionally disturbed, was struggling with “normal problems that people have.”

“He wasn’t too specific and he kept changing topics and going around and around,” he said.

Jacoby thinks fatigue may have coaxed the man off his perch atop a three-inch pipe on the outside of a bridge guardrail.

“I think he might have started to get tired. He began to trust us after a while,” the rescue worker said. “At first he was skeptical, but after five hours he started to trust us. We promised we wouldn’t hurt and he wouldn’t be arrested. We did say that he would be going to the hospital though.”

Source: http://nypost.com/2017/08/02/suicidal-man-saved-from-bridge-jump-had-backpack-full-of-rocks/

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