Hartford officer saves man about to jump off bridge


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A Hartford Police officer is being hailed a hero Monday night after he pulled a man about to jump off a bridge to safety, according to the Hartford Courant.

Officers were called to Columbus Boulevard Monday afternoon, where a man was standing on a railing over a busy street.

In a post on Twitter, Hartford Police reported that around 2:22pm Officer Jimmy Barrett was the first to arrive at the Constitutional Plaza Bridge where, police say, the man kept vowing to jump.

The veteran COP told the Courant that the man kept asking him to let him die.

“Just as he was jumping, I was grabbing him. I lifted him back over and pinned him to the ground,” Barrett recounted to the Courant.

Hartford Police wrote on Twitter that Officer Barrett pulled the man back over the railing to safety. The Courant reported that Officer Barrett then told the man, “We’re gonna get you some help.”

Bystanders helped Barrett hold the man down until medics arrived. The man was then transported to the hospital for a mental health evaluation.

Officer Barrett reported to the Courant that he gave the man his business card and told him, “You’ll always have a friend. We’ll get through this together.”

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