First responders swarm to save jumper at Lyons Ave, over NB side of I-5

Units responding to a man standing on the other side of the Lyons Avenue overpass fence began to speak with man while Los Angeles County Fire Department officials set up a cushion on the freeway below, April 23, 2019. Austin Dave / The Signal.

After receiving of a call of a man wearing all black on the other side of the Lyons Avenue overpass fence, Los Angeles County Fire Department officials deployed a cushion on the freeway in order to save him Tuesday night.

At approximately 11 p.m. first responders were able to pull the man in and prevent him from jumping, according to officials on the scene.

At 10:18 p.m., Fire Department officials received a call from sheriff’s deputies reporting that someone was standing on the overpass at Lyons Avenue, over the northbound side of Interstate 5, preparing to jump, according to Fire Supervisor Michael Pittman.

“God willing we’ll be able to prevent him from jumping, and if he does we’ll have our cushion in position under him in case he falls or jumps,” said Pittman, who added that first responders had shut down Lyons Avenue in order to speak with the man.

By 10:29 p.m. the cushion had been placed underneath the Lyons Avenue bridge in order to mitigate the harm from the fall if the man were to jump.

The man was still by 10:47 p.m. clinging to the other side, and crisis intervention units were speaking with the unidentified man before they were able to pull him in approximately ten minutes later.

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