NJ cop has saved 5 jumpers so far this year

Officer Jesse Turano chased down latest suicidal individual, grabbed him around the waist, and hauled him back to safety as man tried to jump


By Steve Strunsky
The Star-Ledger

FORT LEE, N.J. — Preventing a man from jumping off the George Washington Bridge is an heroic feat, that’s for sure. But when you do it over and over, the word "superhero" comes to mind.

Port Authority Police Officer Jesse Turano was patrolling the bridge in his cruiser at about 10 p.m. Tuesday, toward the end of his regular shift, when he got a call about a pedestrian who had ignored a security guard’s order not to venture onto the closed walkway on the north side of the bridge’s upper level.

Turano, a seven-year veteran assigned to the bridge since 2010, cruised the far-right lane, closest to the walkway, where first he encountered the female security guard and then the man who had ignored her order. "I asked him to stop several times and he refused," said Turano, 33, who lives in West Milford. "I kept driving, and as I looked at him I got the sense that he was possibly emotionally disturbed. I could just tell by his mannerisms and his behavior."

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