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Maryland Trooper Pulls Suicidal Man from Bridge Wall

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PORT DEPOSIT, Md. (AP/WBOC) - Maryland State Police said a trooper saved the life of a man who appeared about to jump off a 90-foot bridge.
    
Saturday's incident on the Millard E. Tydings Memorial Bridge in Port Deposit was recorded by Trooper Joshua Kim's dashboard camera, which can be seen here: http://bit.ly/1BeWT9S.


Trooper Kim, who has been with MSP for two years, said he saw the man walking on the bridge, which carries Interstate 95 over the Susquehanna River in northeastern Maryland. Kim said he turned around and parked, but when he approached the man, the man began to climb over the bridge.

The video shows Kim, 24, pulling the man from the wall to the ground and handcuffing him for his safety.


“This trooper put his own life at risk," said Maryland State Police spokeswoman Elena Russo. “He went to grab the man, and the man could have pulled him over the side with him. It was a lot of courage and bravery. This was a tragedy completely avoided.”   

In a Washington Post interview, Trooper Kim said, “I had six months of police training, but they can't give you every scenario.”

"If I went high, he would just bring me down with him,” Kim said. “I got really low. I put all my body weight basically under the wall itself. And that way he couldn't bring me over.”

The man, whom troopers did not identify, was taken to a local hospital.

“On the way to the hospital, he thanked me. He apologized,” Kim said. “He talked to me. He basically poured out why he was doing it. He's been having family issues, some health problems.”

Kim said he encourages citizens who observe someone who may be suicidal to call police.



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