Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Cyclist Talks Man Down from Gwb; 2nd Saved in 2 Days

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Cyclist Talks Man Down from Gwb; 2nd Saved in 2 Days

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A 19-year-old man who had been walking his dog climbed onto a railing of the George Washington Bridge as if to jump but was helped down by a passing bicyclist as police arrived Thursday, authorities said.

The Port Authority Police received a call about a man attempting to jump off the bridge at 5:20 p.m. on the south walk of the bridge, about halfway between New Jersey and New York, said Joseph Pentangelo, an agency spokesman.

When police arrived, he said, the man "was being helped off the railing by a passing bicyclist."

It was the second consecutive day that someone climbed a railing at the bridge and was stopped from jumping. On Wednesday morning, a passing motorist from River Vale helped Port Authority police pull a man off a railing. The motorist and others had pleaded with the man, asking him not to jump. …

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