High anxiety: Trooper fights fear to save would-be Tappan Zee jumpers
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It's the most important thing a rescuer must gain from a suicidal person poised to leap to their death if there's any hope of avoiding tragedy.
So when Armando Chico yelled down to State Police Investigator Joseph Becerra on a windy April afternoon in 2005 that he should join him atop a tower on the Tappan Zee Bridge 450 feet over the Hudson River if he wanted to talk him out...