Police, good Samaritans, pull suicidal man from Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena

PASADENA — Police are crediting two strangers for rescuing a suicidal man on a bridge Tuesday night.
It occurred just after 11 p.m.
Pasadena Police Lt. Pete Hettema said a 37-year-old Los Angeles man, who was intoxicated, had crawled outside the Colorado Street Bridge. A woman saw him.
“(She) starts talking to him, ‘Don’t do this,’” Hettema said.
Another man showed up and grabbed the would-be jumper’s arm.
“That’s what saved his life. This guy was holding on to his whole weight,” Hettema said.
Three officers arrived. They grabbed the intoxicated man who was screaming at them and secured him to a wrought iron panel outside the bridge, according to the lieutenant.
He said Pasadena firefighters took off the panel and brought the man in. The 37-year-old was taken to a hospital for observation.
The man had been hospitalized before for other incidents.
On Monday, he fell on the tracks of a Gold Line station in South Pasadena and hit his head. A sergeant with the sheriff’s Transit Services Bureau said the man was drunk.
- Ruby Gonzales

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