Sheriff's deputies help rescue man threatening to jump from Hoan Bridge

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A man threatening to jump off the Hoan Bridge in Milwaukee was rescued after nine hours of negotiating. 

All lanes of I-794 were closed near Oklahoma around 11 p.m. Sunday night, Sept. 20, after a Milwaukee County sheriff's deputy reported a vehicle parked on the bridge, and found a man sitting on the bridge threatening to jump. 

The sheriff's office says deputies began talking with the man, and after about nine hours, the man cooperated with first responders and was taken in for evaluation. 

"A lot of times the help is out there it’s just somebody needs that guidance or needs someone like ourselves to say 'We’re here for you and we’ll get you the help you need,'" said Detective Angela Juarez, a crisis negotiator with the Milwaukee Police Department who responded to the scene. 

"You know, sometimes you just need to talk to someone and have them listen," said Sgt. Michael Krznarich with the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office, who also worked as a crisis negotiator. 

Milwaukee Police Department, Milwaukee Fire Department, the Coast Guard, and DNR all responded to assist.

I-794 opened back up to drivers around 7 a.m. Monday. 

If you or someone you know is in need of help, you can contact the Milwaukee County Crisis Line at 414-257-7222. The National Suicide Prevention lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. 

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