On Sunday, July 3, 2022, at approximately 10:33 p.m., Norwalk Combined Dispatch received a 9-1-1 call that a man was standing on the ledge on the outside of the fenced area of the East Avenue Bridge over I-95. Multiple officers rushed to the scene.
The first officer on the scene was able to grab the man’s shirt through the fence while a second officer spoke to the man, trying to keep him calm. As more officers arrived to the scene, they began to gain access to the man over the tall fence by standing on police cruisers, lifting each other up, and even standing on each other’s shoulders. The man was successfully pulled to safety, despite struggling against officers.
The Norwalk Police Offices that responded to this scene acted without hesitation, placing themselves in harm’s way. The officers brought a chaotic and dangerous situation to a safe conclusion. We commend their valiant efforts, their teamwork, and their dedication to the community that they serve.
If you are considering suicide, or know someone that is, for immediate help 24/7, call 2-1-1 in Connecticut, or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255. Send a text to the Crisis Text Line, 741741. To learn about the warning signs of suicide, what to listen for, what to say, and what to do for someone that may be suicidal, check out these resources: Prevent Suicide CT, The Hub CT(www.thehubct.org).
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