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Thursday 2 October 2014

CCTV: Officer stops man jumping from 90 foot bridge

Eoghan McNeill

Published 14/08/2014 | 11:36

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A US State trooper saved the life of man who seemed about to jump off a 90-foot-high bridge.

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The Maryland State Police department on Tuesday released a video capturing the dramatic Saturday evening rescue.

The video shows trooper Joshua Kim drive towards a man standing at the side of the road on the Millard E. Tydings Memorial Bridge in Maryland, near Washington DC.

The man waves at the trooper, before swinging a leg over the side of the bridge, seemingly in preparation for a jump.

Kim then sprints toward the man, tackling him to the ground and handcuffing him, before travelling to a local hospital with him.

Kim, 24, explained his high-school football experience helped to save the man’s life:

“If I went high, he would just bring me down with him,” he said.

“I got really low. I put all my body weight basically under the wall itself. And that way he couldn’t bring me over,” added Kim.

Then man thanked the state trooper on the way to the hospital for his actions.

“He talked to me. He basically poured out why he was doing it,” said Kim.

Kim’s has been hailed by his police department.

“This trooper put his own life at risk. He went to grab the man, and the man could have pulled him over the side with him. It was a lot of courage and bravery,” said Elana Russo of Maryland State Police.

“This was a tragedy completely avoided,” she added.

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