Man Attempts to Jump From Bridge But Cop Tackles Him In the Nick of Time
When a suicidal man ran to jump from a bridge, a cop was there to stop him just in the nick of time -- and it was all caught on camera.
Dashcam footage shows Sgt. Greg Bogert of the Riverdale Police Department in New Jersey diving to tackle the man before he made it to the edge of the bridge.
Before the incident on Monday morning, multiple 911 callers had reported a man leaving his car and disturbing traffic on the New Jersey bridge, police said.
Sgt. Bogert, who's been with the department for 18 years, responded to the calls and stopped his patrol car beside the pedestrian.
In dashcam footage, the man can be heard crying as Bogert drives up to him and asks: "Hey, what's up man?"
Suddenly, in an apparent suicide attempt, the man takes off in a sprint towards the ledge of the bridge, and Bogert runs after him, screaming, "don't!"
The heroic officer can be seen tackling the man and holding him down. Authorities said Bogert was able to restrain the man until he was put in an ambulance and transported to a local hospital for psychological help.
Lieutenant Macintosh from the Riverdale Police Department told InsideEdition.com that the man, who was not violent, had been reported missing in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Though officials said the man yelled that his entire family was dead and he also wanted to die, Macintosh told InsideEdition.com that his family is fine.
"The only history we have on him is that he has some serious psychological issues that he needs help with," the lieutenant said. "As far as we know, he's still in the hospital. We just want him to get the help he needs."
As for the cop, his fellow officers are now calling him a hero.
"Thank God for Sgt. Bogert," Macintosh told IE.com. "The guys on the squad are calling him 'Flash' now. They hung a picture of The Flash in his locker."