Putnam County Sheriff Robert L. Langley, Jr. reports that sheriff’s deputies, along with members of other emergency service agencies, saved a man from jumping off the Bear Mountain Bridge.
On July 14, 2019, at approximately 3:56 pm, it was reported that a suicidal male subject was threatening to jump off the Bear Mountain Bridge. Sheriff Deputies Benjamin Levine, Anthony Tolve, and Brian Neary responded to the area. Upon arrival, Deputy Levine located the suicidal male subject on the north side of the bridge. Deputy Levine observed the male subject looking down over the railing of the bridge, towards the Hudson River, stating multiple times that he wanted to die. Deputy Levine established a dialogue with the suicidal male subject. After approximately twenty-five minutes of talking with the suicidal male subject, the suicidal male subject agreed to step back from the bridges railing. The suicidal male subject was then taken into custody by Deputy Levine and New York State Trooper Ed Fleming, without incident.
The suicidal male subject was transported by Peekskill Volunteer Ambulance Corp to Phelps Memorial Hospital, for mental health observation.
During the incident, Deputy Levine was assisted by Deputy Sheriff Anthony Tolve, Deputy Sheriff Brian Neary, Putnam County Sheriff’s Department Marine Unit, New York State Trooper Ed Fleming, New York State Trooper Investigator Andrew Palladino, Westchester County Police, New York State Park Police, Town of Highlands Police, Peekskill Volunteer Ambulance Corp, Continental Village Fire Department, and the New York State Bridge Authority.