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Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - Some strangers and law enforcement officers are being credited with preventing a Rochester man from jumping from a busy bridge Tuesday.

Police Capt. Casey Moilanen says the 31-year-old man was sitting on the rail at the northeast corner of the 2nd St SW bridge over Highway 52 with his legs dangling over the side. Officers were called to the bridge near St Marys Hospital around 4:45 pm.

Moilanen says some women were talking to the man in an effort to get him to get off the rail before officers arrived. Moilanen says the first officer to arrive determined the man was “obviously distressed and upset” and threatening to jump off the bridge and onto the highway.

As the officer kept the man’s attention, a state trooper arrived and the two were able to pull him away from the railing. The man was taken to St Marys for an evaluation.

Moilanen says officers were just getting ready to close the bridge to traffic when the situation was resolved.

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