Two Secaucus police officers saved a 22-year-old woman from jumping off the Route 3 bridge early this morning, mainly due to one officer grabbing her by the jacket at the last second.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
This morning around 3:12 a.m., the Secaucus Police Department received a call from a passerby stating a woman was on the Route 3 East Bridge looking over the railing, according to Police Capt. Dennis Miller.
Upon the arrival of Police Officer George Sikaffy, the woman had her leg over the side of the guardrail, clearly intending to jump off the bridge. In that moment, Sikaffy grabbed her jacket and pulled her to roadway, thereby preventing her from jumping, authorities said.
Demonstrating a clear intent to end her life, she began to struggle with Sikaffy on
the side of the busy highway in an attempt to break free of his hold while shouting suicidal
Police Officer Jonathan Padron arrived immediately thereafter and was able to assist in restraining the combative woman. She was hurried to an awaiting police vehicle and
transported off the bridge to a safe location to await the arrival of EMS.
The 22-year-old woman, of Bronx, New York, was involuntarily transported to Christ Hospital in Jersey City for a mental health evaluation. No criminal charges have been filed as a result of the incident, officials said.