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Port Authority PD: Social media helps prevent GWB suicide

Photo Credit: Courtesy PORT AUTHORITY PD

SHOUT OUTS: Social media helped save the life of an 18-year-old Paterson man who was apparently planning suicide by jumping from the George Washington Bridge, Port Authority police said this afternoon.

Paterson police called their Port Authority colleagues after getting a call from a friend who saw “alarming” Facebook posts from the distraught man, including a photo of the bridge and several suggestions of suicide, the authority’s Joseph Pentangelo told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

Lt. Thomas Michaels and Sgt. Nadine Rhem ( both in photo ) immediately verified the Facebook posts, uploaded a photo of him from the page and distributed it among officers who then searched the bridge, he said.

They also in-boxed the man, urging him “to call police for help and other positive suggestions,” Pentangelo said.

Two hours later, he telephoned them.

“He said he was on a bus in the Paterson area,” Pentangelo said. “He then accepted their offier of medical assistance.”

After meeting them at an arranged destination, he voluntarily was taken to a local hospital, Pentangelo said.

PHOTO: Courtesy PORT AUTHORITY PD

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