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'I Love You': Atlantic City Cop Rescues Suicidal Man About To Jump From Casino Parking Garage

October 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

According to Atlantic City Police, the Pleasantville Police Department reached out to them that a suicidal man was in Atlantic City and threatening to jump from the bridge.

(CBS) — An Atlantic City police officer is being hailed as a hero for stopping a suicidal man from jumping from the top of a casino parking garage.

Dramatic body camera footage shows Officer Eric Knuttel, a five-year veteran, pulling the distraught man from the ledge of the 13-story-high Claridge parking garage on Wednesday night.

“You could just hear in his voice he was distraught and he was hurting,” Knuttel said.

Knuttel, a member of the department’s Crisis Negotiation Team, located the distressed man sitting on a ledge at the top of the garage and began engaging him to talk him down.

Knuttel, a trained crisis negotiator, grows concerned as the man becomes upset.

I knew that I had to do something,” Knuttel said.

That’s when Knuttel broke toward him, grabbing the man’s legs to keep him stationary as other responding officers pull the two back from the ledge.

Everyone goes to the ground where officers try consoling the man as Knuttel rubs his back and their eyes meet.

Knuttel told the man, “I love you. ”

I thought he needed to hear that,” Knuttel said.

“I had so much compassion and so much love for the man that I wanted him to know that people care about him.

Knuttel is hoping to stay in contact with the man he helped save.

“I know in my heart that man will succeed in life,” Knuttel said.

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