NYPD Rescue Man On Top Of Brooklyn Bridge, Traffic Resumes

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May 22, 2020 - 4:31 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Traffic was shut down on the Brooklyn bridge Friday afternoon as the NYPD worked to rescue a distraught man.

“A despondent male has scaled the Brooklyn Bridge and is threatening to jump,” the NYPD tweeted just after 12:30 p.m.

The man was reportedly trying to jump from the bridge, but officers were able to bring the man to safety around 3 p.m. 

Photos from the NYPD’s Twitter showed the man on top of the bridge as NYPD officers spoke with him and worked to save him.

Mayor Bill de Blasio reacted to the news on Twitter, saying he was thankful police officers were able to help the man.

"This was a truly scary situation on the Brooklyn Bridge — but it wasn’t a tragic one thanks to the men and women of the NYPD," he wrote. "This is why we call them New York’s Finest."

The mayor said he understands we are living in difficult times right now, but said there is help available to those who need it. 

"We are living in incredibly stressful times, but no one needs to struggle alone," he said. "If you need someone to talk to, pick up the phone and call 1-888-NYC-Well. Counselors are standing by."

Lanes on the bridge were closed to traffic in both directions, according to the New York City Office of Emergency Management.

Traffic in both directions resumed around 4 p.m. 

Still, heavy traffic was reported on the FDR Drive and other roads that lead to the bridge and travelers will likely sit in bumper-to-bumper lanes as the congestion disperses. 

The distraught man’s identity was not revealed.

If you are having thoughts of suicide or are worried about a friend or loved one, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. 

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