Video: Off-duty NJ correctional police officer saves man from jumping off bridge

Faustino Saucedo was on his way to pick up his wife when he noticed several cars were stopped near the side of a bridge


By Sarah Calams

SAYREVILLE, N.J. — An off-duty corrections officer was on his way to pick up his wife when he noticed several cars were stopped near the side of a bridge Sunday afternoon. Instead of driving past, the officer pulled over and immediately realized the severity of the situation: a man was barely hanging onto the side of the bridge.

MyCentralJersey.com reported that N.J. correctional police officer Faustino Saucedo rushed in to grab the man before it was too late. Bystanders were screaming, "Don't do it! No, no, no!" The incident was caught on camera by a bystander.

The man let go of the bridge, but Saucedo lunged forward and grabbed the man by the shoulders. Nearby bystanders helped Saucedo lift the man to safety. 

"I gotta get him right now, I gotta get him," Saucedo recalled. "I grabbed him by the shoulders and I tried to lift him, but I couldn't."

Police arrived on scene shortly after and the man was transported to a nearby hospital. 

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