Two New Jersey police officers are being credited with saving a 13 year-old boy’s life after he threatened to jump from a building’s ledge on Monday Oct. 21.
Police said a call came in just before 5 p.m. for a young boy threatening to jump from a third-floor fire escape at Youth Consultation Services on Broadway in Newark. The teen locked himself in a common area and was out on the fire escape when police arrived.
When Newark Police Sgt. A. Barbosa and Officer J. Johnson arrived, they found the teen holding onto a chain-link fence with nothing underneath to prevent him from falling.
One officer, Sgt. A. Barbosa, distracted the 13-year-old with conversation while another, Officer S. Johnson, quickly grabbed the boy and pull him back onto the fire escape.
“Preservation of a life is always our goal, but it’s clear that these officers exercised exceptional compassion and the care needed to ensure that this frightening scenario had a positive ending,” Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose said in a statement Wednesday.
Once down from the ledge, the teen was then taken to University Hospital for evaluation.
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