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Ithaca officer talks jumper back to safety during Suicide Prevention Month

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September is National Suicide Prevention Month — and last week, one Ithaca police officer showed how training and compassion are vital to success.

Calls rang in just before 10 pm Wednesday (Sep. 15) night of a disturbed person on the South Aurora Street Bridge over East Green Street.

The man was threatening to jump. Upon arrival, those first on-scene found him armed with a knife “actively harming himself.” He then brandished his weapon towards police and said he’d attack them if they didn’t leave.

After extended dialogue, a brave officer managed to deescalate the situation through conversation.

Eventually, the individual laid his knife down on the ground and agreed to accept help.

After the scene was made safe, Bangs Ambulance Company and Ithaca Fire Department responded and provided initial medical attention.

Crews brought the man a short time later to a regional hospital for further evaluation.


For those who may be struggling, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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