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WATCH: Police body cam shows officer saving man set to jump from car park roof

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 02/10/2015 | 14:38

Officer DeJesus was praised for his sensitive response to the crisis situation
Credit - Duluth Police Department Minnesota
Officer DeJesus was praised for his sensitive response to the crisis situation Credit - Duluth Police Department Minnesota

Sensational body camera footage filmed by a US Police Officer in Minnesota has recorded his daring rescue of a man who was set to jump from a roof.

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The troubled man had threatened to jump from the top of a high-rise downtown car park.

The video shows officer Joe DeJesus yanking the 32-year-old man to safety from his precarious position.

Duluth city police chief Gordon Ramsey posted the video to Facebook where it has been viewed thousands of times.

"This is an example of the life saving work our officers do every day," The Police Chief said.

"The male was taken in for help and was uninjured thanks to the excellent work by Officer DeJesus."

Watch Officer Joe DeJesus save a male in crisis who was threatening to jump off a downtown parking ramp. This is an example of the life saving work our officers do every day. The male was taken in for help and was uninjured thanks to the excellent work by Officer DeJesus. This incident occurred last week.

Posted by Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsay on Wednesday, 30 September 2015

The video shows the officer's view of the man as he slowly walks towards him.

The policeman sensibly keeps his distance, but manages to engage the man in a conversation for several minutes.

Police have blurred the man's face to preserve his anonymity.

Mental health campaigners have praised the fact that the man's identity was withheld, saying that privacy for those suffering mental health issues is essential.

You can contact Samaritans on 116 123 from Ireland and the UK

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