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NJ state trooper rescues suicidal 18-year-old from bridge in Mercer County

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Mercer County) – A New Jersey State Trooper rescued a suicidal teenager attempting to jump from a pedestrian overpass on Interstate 295 in Hamilton Township.

On Tuesday, April 14, at 11:48 p.m., Trooper Robert Waldrop was on patrol on I-295 when he stopped to assist a motorist in the scenic overlook parking lot in Hamilton Township. The motorist exited his vehicle and indicated there was a woman attempting to jump from the pedestrian overpass.

Trooper Waldrop immediately advised dispatch before responding to the overpass. When he arrived, he observed an 18-year-old girl on the opposite side of the chain-link fence standing on the edge of the bridge.

While speaking to her, Trooper Waldrop observed that was distraught and contemplating jumping.

Without hesitation, Trooper Waldrop grabbed the woman’s shirt through the fence and comforted her as he assisted her down the ramp to the ground level of the scenic overlook.

A short time later, Hamilton EMS arrived on scene and transported the woman to an area hospital for further treatment.

“We urge anyone experiencing a crisis that seems too much to bear to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org,” state police said.

Audio of Rescue

Trooper Rescues Suicidal Woman from BridgeHamilton Township, N.J.- A New Jersey State Trooper rescued a suicidal woman attempting to jump from a pedestrian overpass on Interstate 295.On Tuesday, April 14, at 11:48 p.m., Trooper Robert Waldrop was on patrol on I-295 when he stopped to assist a motorist in the scenic overlook parking lot in Hamilton Township, Mercer County. The motorist exited his vehicle and indicated there was a woman attempting to jump from the pedestrian overpass. Trooper Waldrop immediately advised dispatch before responding to the overpass. When he arrived, he observed an 18-year-old woman on the opposite side of the chain-link fence standing on the edge of the bridge.While speaking to her, Trooper Waldrop observed that was distraught and contemplating jumping. Without hesitation, Trooper Waldrop grabbed the woman's shirt through the fence and comforted her as he assisted her down the ramp to the ground level of the scenic overlook.A short time later, Hamilton EMS arrived on scene and transported the woman to an area hospital for further treatment.We urge anyone experiencing a crisis that seems too much to bear to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or go to www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.Here is a short audio clip of the rescue.

Posted by New Jersey State Police on Monday, April 20, 2020

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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