"I'm here to help no matter what" Atlantic City police officer saved a suicidal man ready to jump off the roof
Most of the cops are good. Like an Atlantic City Police officer, who saved a suicidal man’s life on Wednesday.
Police officer Eric Knuttle saved the man who was going to kill himself by jumping off the 13-story Claridge Hotel parking garage. Police received a 911 call reporting of a suicidal man at about 8:49 p.m. and responded to the scene. “I saw that man and I knew he needed help,” Knuttle reminisces.
Knuttle walked out on a tiny platform, there was no barrier blocking but the officer made a step risking his own life to save the man. It took him about 10 minutes to talk to the man pursuing him to come down.
“You could just hear the pain in his voice and the way he was talking. I tried to build a rapport so he knew there are people that care,” he said. “He was faced in crisis at that moment and I knew I needed to help him,"
But then the man stood up to the edge ready to jump off the building, at that moment Knuttle without tyhinking twice rushed to him and grabbed his leg.
The incident was filmed on the body camera. The Atlantic City Police Department footage was released on Friday. In the video, Knuttle can be heard telling the man, "I love you, alright? We're here to help you."
"I knew when I had the lower half of his body and I had his one leg, I knew I wasn't going to let him go," Knuttel said.
They both were safely pulled down by the responders standing by.
Knuttle said that he would do the same thing again if need because he is a police officer and he is “here to help no matter what.”