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Officer Leaps Off Overpass to Save Boy

Jessie Ferreira Cavallo saved the teen's life in the daring rescue
By Josh Gardner,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2018 6:15 PM CDT
Officer Leaps Off Overpass to Save Boy

A New York cop risked life and limb to rescue a boy she watched jump off a highway overpass. Per the Journal News, Jessie Ferreira Cavallo was on her way to work as a police officer in Westchester County last week when she spotted the young teen on the Saw Mill River Parkway in Yonkers. As she drove, Cavallo watched as the boy climbed over a guardrail and jumped several feet down. The seven-year police veteran followed right behind the boy and jumped down herself, a risky move that would ultimately pay off.

Per News12, a second woman—this one in a military uniform—stopped to assist and the two women began to give the unresponsive boy CPR and strap on a neck brace. The boy was then rushed to a hospital, where he was treated for broken bones. He is expected to survive. As for Cavallo, she said she just went to work and about her day as usual after the jarring experience. "I went to work and worked to 11pm," she told the Journal News on Sunday. "I didn't realize what was going on until yesterday. That's when it hit me." She said she hopes to visit the boy in the hospital. (Read more hero stories.)

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