WOODBRIDGE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Middlesex County) – Two New Jersey State Troopers rescued a distraught woman standing on the edge of the Driscoll Bridge portion of the Garden State Parkway Tuesday morning in Woodbridge Township, according to state police.
On Oct. 27, at 11:58 a.m., Staff Sergeant Ryan Kauffmann and Trooper Uri Boyd were dispatched to the report of a woman who was leaning over the edge of the Driscoll Bridge. When Tpr. Boyd arrived, he observed a 22-year-old woman standing on the shoulder next to her vehicle looking over the concrete edge of the bridge, state police said
While speaking to the woman, Tpr. Boyd observed that she was distraught and was contemplating jumping from the bridge. Tpr. Boyd made a determination that he needed to take action to save the woman’s life, so he quickly approached her in order to move her from the edge. At this time, SSGT Kauffmann arrived and assisted Tpr. Boyd with moving her away from the edge of the bridge, state police said.
SSGT Kauffmann and Tpr. Boyd safely escorted her to Tpr. Boyd’s troop car where they continued to comfort her. A short time later, Sayreville EMS arrived and transported her to an area hospital for further treatment, state police said.
Police 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.