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December 11, 2012

Lockport policeman saves teen jumper


Tonawanda News — “He only had time to react.”

Abbott suffered some minor arm injuries— he might have pulled his shoulder a little — but Eggert said the adrenaline kept Abbott going.

There has been a spate of recent suicide attempts in the city — just recently a man tried to jump off the Prospect Street bridge, and earlier in the fall a man tried to harm himself with a knife. Eggert said there are studies that support the theory that suicide attempts seem to occur in spurts.

Some studies indicate a copycat mentality with those who were already “leaning” toward suicide. In other cases, something may happen that triggers a reaction.

“From what I’ve seen, it’s been impulsive,” Eggert said.

Often, there will be a cry out for help, which was the case in Saturday’s incident, he added.

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