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College student saves man from jumping off Tappan Zee Bridge

Posted at 4:05 PM, Aug 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-03 16:14:38-04

HARTFORD, Conn. —  A University of Hartford student was credited with saving a man from jumping off the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York.

"It wasn't until he got both of his feet off the ground in attempts to get over the railing that I realized he was actually trying to jump off the bridge," UHart student Nicholas Daddo said.

Daddo was describing the moments when he realized a man running across four lanes of traffic on the Tappan Zee Bridge was trying to kill himself. He stopped his car and ran over to him.

Daddo said fear and adrenaline took over.

"By the time I got up to him, he was lying stomach on the railing straddling it about to roll over," Daddo said. "Luckily, I caught him right in time and grabbed him by his belt loop and by the back of his shirt and brought him back on to the bridge there."

A detective driving by, stopped and helped assist Daddo with the rescue.

It turns out Daddo and the would-be jumper are both 21 years old. That struck a chord with Daddo and he said he hopes the young man can now get a new chance at life.

"I would like to see this be a triumphant story of somebody who was that close to really ending it and to rebound off that and make something good you know make some positive in the world," Daddo said.

Daddo said he doesn't feel like a hero, but first responders are certainly calling him that.

His family was a little worried that he could have gone off the bridge too, but they are all very proud he jumped into action and did the right thing.