SHOUT OUT: A good Samaritan from Haworth is credited with preventing a despondent Union City man from jumping off the George Washington Bridge last night.
Port Authority police responding to emergency calls from passersby around 8 p.m. found bicyclist Benjamin Storch, 38, clinging tightly to the 67-year-old Union City man on the south walkway just west of the bridge’s New York tower, the authority’s Joseph Pentangelo said this morning.
The 5-foot-7-inch, 150-pound man “had a powdered substance in his mouth and he admitted that he had taken a handful of pills and chewed them,” Pentangelo said.
The would-be jumper then grabbed onto the bridge’s stringer cables in an attempt to climb over the outer railing but Storch, seeing what was happening, grabbed his arm and pulled him down, he said.
An ambulance took the man to Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center for a medical and psychological evaluation, Pentangelo said.
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