Cop Saves His 5th Bridge Jumper —This Year

Jesse Turano shrugs off praise for repeated heroics on George Washington Bridge

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted May 3, 2013 9:32 AM CDT

(Newser) – Port Authority Police Officer Jesse Turano was patrolling the George Washington Bridge Tuesday night when he got a call about a man who had entered a closed walkway, even after a security guard ordered him not to. When he got there, Turano "could just tell by his mannerisms" that the man "was possibly emotionally disturbed," he tells the Star-Ledger. When the man put his hands on the outer railing and braced himself to kick off, Turano sprang into action. "Officer Turano grabbed him around the waist while the man was airborne [and] pulled him back onto the walkway," a Port Authority rep tells NJ.com.

All of which might be amazing for some people, but not for Turano—it was the fifth time this year he has stopped a would-be jumper, says the rep. Turano shrugs off any suggestion that he is, in the Star-Ledger's words, a "superhero." "I guess it's always good if you save somebody's life," he says. "But I don't really think about it too much." The jumper, at least, seemed appreciative. "He kept thanking me and I said the best thanks you can give me is if you get yourself some help." The New York Post reports that 2012 saw a record number of suicides on the bridge: 18, as well as 43 attempts.

The George Washington Bridge is seen at sunset in this file photo.
The George Washington Bridge is seen at sunset in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
A view from the George Washington Bridge.
A view from the George Washington Bridge.   (©)
A man looks at the Hudson River from the New York tower of the George Washington Bridge in this 1936 file photo.
A man looks at the Hudson River from the New York tower of the George Washington Bridge in this 1936 file photo.   (AP Photo/New York City Municipal Archives, WPA Federal Writers' Project, Jack Rosenzwieg)
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