Deputy Credited with Saving Man

Apparently planned to jump from bridge

Deputy Benjamin Levine of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department is being credited with saving a man on Sunday (July 14) who apparently planned to jump from the Bear Mountain Bridge.

The department said that emergency responders answered a distress call at about 4 p.m. that a man was threatening to jump from the bridge. Levine observed the man looking over the railing and said heard him say multiple times that he wanted to die. After speaking with the man for about 25 minutes, Levine convinced him to step away from the railing.

The man was transported by the Peekskill Volunteer Ambulance Corp to Phelps Memorial Hospital Center in Sleepy Hollow for observation.

In May, another Putnam County deputy, Kevin Osika, helped to save a man who threatened to jump from a bridge in Brewster.

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