Two Secaucus police officers prevented an East Orange man from jumping off the Route 3 East Bridge yesterday morning, Chief Dennis Miller said.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Yesterday at approximately 9:00 a.m., the Secaucus Police Department received multiple 911 calls that a man got out of a moving vehicle and was contemplating suicide by jumping off the Route 3 East Bridge that runs over of the Hackensack River.
Upon arrival, Secaucus Police Officer Taylor Ensmann discovered a 22- year-old East Orange man sitting on the ledge of the Route 3 East Bridge with his legs dangling over the marsh area below.
Ensmann, who is also in charge of the Secaucus Police Department’s Therapy Dog Program, engaged the man in conversation and calmed him down.
Around this time, Officer Anthony Sherman, who was now on scene, got close enough to the man to grab him around the torso and arms and remove him from the bridge’s ledge, thus preventing his suicide attempt.
The man was later transported to Hoboken University Medical Center for evaluation. He reportedly suffers from extreme depression, which will prompt a follow-up from Ensmann and K-9 officer Oakley – who was not on scene, authorities said.
“I commend the actions of my officers, who demonstrated extreme compassion
while preventing someone from needlessly taking their own life,” Miller added.
The chief added that if anyone is feeling suicidal, they should not hesitate to call a hotline or dial 911.