Watch: Atlantic City Police Officers Save Suicidal Man from Garage
The Atlantic City Police Department has released dramatic video of their officers saving a suicidal man from jumping off of a casino parking garage.
According to police, the scene unfolded early Wednesday night when the Atlantic City Police Department received information from Pleasantville Police about a suicidal man that was in Atlantic City and threatening to jump from a bridge. After a search, officers were able to locate the man at the top of the Claridge parking garage.
A press release continues the account,
At 9:09 pm, Officer Eric Knuttel, a member of the department’s Crisis Negotiation Team, located the man sitting on a ledge at the top of the garage. Officer Knuttel engaged him in conversation attempting to talk the distraught man off the ledge. The man was also on a Facetime call during this interaction. After speaking for 10 minutes, the man became extremely agitated, stood up, walked towards the ledge, and yelled out. Officer Knuttel believed that the man was going to jump and ran towards him grabbing on to his leg. Officers rushed in and grabbed the man and Officer Knuttel pulling both of them from the ledge.
Authorities say the man was taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center-City Division to be evaluated.
In a press release, Interim Officer-in-Charge James Sarkos said, "I am extremely proud of the bravery and compassion shown by Officer Knuttel and the other officers for this man who was in severe emotional distress. Their actions are indicative of the work routinely done by members of this police department. For years, the Atlantic City Police Department has taken a proactive approach when it comes to the mental health of our residents and visitors by partnering with social service organizations and providing training to our officers."
For anyone that needs assistance, or knows someone that needs assistance, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255 or text TALK to 741741.