Two Orthodox Jews Prevent Bridge Suicide

BROOKLYN (COLive) -
An area between the Brooklyn Bridge, right, and the Manhattan Bridge, upper left, are shown from the East River esplanade, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
An area between the Brooklyn Bridge, right, and the Manhattan Bridge, upper left, are shown from the East River esplanade, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Two chassidic Jews from Brooklyn are being credited with saving a 52-year-old  woman from taking her life on the Brooklyn Bridge on Monday morning.

The incident played out at around 9:55 a.m., when the woman attempted to jump off from the Brooklyn side of the bridge, according to JP Updates.

“I was driving to Manhattan and then I see this woman getting out of a taxi and starting to climb on the railing of the bridge,” Chani, a resident of Crown Heights who asked not to be identified, told COLlive.

“That’s when I turned my car around and ran to pull her away,” the mother of seven children said. “Another woman and I held on to her arm. At one point, she turned around to try to go back.”

Among the civilians at the scene was Shloime Kohn, a chassidic man from Williamsburg who helped manage the situation and called the police.

“It was extremely traumatic, to say the least,” Chani said, hours after the incident. “I almost witnessed a suicide in front of my eyes.”

According to a law enforcement source, the Asian woman has a history of emotional disturbances. An ambulance transported her for treatment at the Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center in Bedford-Stuyvesant