The San Diego Union-Tribune (Tribune News Service)
By Pauline Repard and Lyndsay Winkley
Published: August 9, 2016
It was a life-or-death moment on the San Diego-Coronado Bridge Monday in San Diego, Calif. when a Naval aircrewman pulled over to stop a man from leaping into the bay.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Nick Pisano, shown here in an undated photo, and an unidentified nurse helped stop an elderly man from jumping off the San Diego-Coronado Bridge and were reunited via social media later that day. VIA FACEBOOKAs the two struggled, the 21-year-old Petty Officer 3rd Class Nick Pisano screamed for someone to help him talk the man down. Dozens of motorists whizzed past, until a nurse stopped, and calmed the man down until authorities arrived.
Pisano told the San Diego Union-Tribune Tuesday that there was no way he was going to let the man jump.
“I made sure I had a good grasp on his arm so he couldn't make his way closer to the ledge,” the native San Diegan said. “He was making it very clear that he wanted to end his life, and I did what I could to make sure that didn't happen.”
Pisano didn’t think to grab his phone in his haste to get to the man, so he started waiving down motorists, hoping someone would help. He didn’t even notice the nurse until she was at his side.
“She went right at it,” he said. “She was cool, calm, collected and knew exactly what to say him.”
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