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White Plains cops talk suicidal man out of ninth-floor jump

Members of the White Plains Police Department's Neighborhood

Members of the White Plains Police Department's Neighborhood Conditions Unit patrol Mamaroneck Avenue near East Post Road, a block that has 10 bars and restaurants. (June 6, 2012) Photo Credit: Faye Murman

White Plains police managed to talk a suicidal man down from the 9th floor ledge of a parking garage this morning, police said.

Workers at White Plains Medical Center and the Dickstein Cancer Treatment Center spotted the man sitting on the ledge of the Longview-Maple Municipal Garage at about 7:25 a.m. They called White Plains police, who rushed an Emergency Services Unit squad and two other officers to the scene, where they found the despondent 27-year-old White Plains man sitting on the ledge nine stories up on the Longview Avenue side of the garage, White Plains Police Commissioner David Chong said.

For more than a half hour, ESU officers Robert Demodna and Edward Gordon, along with Patrol Sgt. Kevin Farrelly and Officer Robert Riley, talked to the man in a bid to bring him in from the ledge.

At about 8 a.m., they were able to persuade the man, whom Chong did not identify, to climb down from the ledge to the safe custody of the officers. They transported him to a local hospital, where he is being evaluated and treated, said Chong, who declined to identify the hospital or the circumstances that led the despondent man to the brink of suicide.

He lauded the officers on their lifesaving efforts.

"They engaged in a long conversation with the man," Chong said, "and were able to thankfully bring a successful resolution to the situation."

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