Man upset about not finding job after college saved from jumping off Hoan Bridge

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee County Sheriff deputies saved a man from jumping off the Hoan Bridge.

Deputies saw the man standing on the outside edge of the Hoan Bridge shortly after 2 a.m. on Wednesday. 

Deputies attempted to engage him in conversation, stepping closer as they spoke. The man began leaning backward over the edge of the bridge and deputies were able to grab onto him and bring him to safety.

The 29-year-old man told deputies that he wanted to kill himself because he was upset that he had not found a job since graduating from college six years ago.

“This is the side of law enforcement that I love to see - compassionate, life-saving work performed through the deputies’ heroic efforts. They saved a person who was in emotional crisis and was prepared to kill himself, and he now has a chance to rebuild his life. There is help for those who are hurting! Cops show they care,” Milwaukee County Sheriff Richard Schmidt said.

The 29-year-old was taken to a psychiatric hospital for emergency detention. 

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