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MLB umpire John Tumpane is being hailed as a hero after preventing a woman from committing suicide in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
Tumpane was coming back from lunch and a run around 3 p.m. on Wednesday when he saw a woman climb over the railing on the Roberto Clemente Bridge right outside the Pirates’ PNC Park. The 34-year-old Chicago native says he asked some other pedestrians on the bridge if they knew what the woman was doing, but they said they didn’t know. So he rushed over to the woman and asked her himself.
Here is how Tumpane described his initial conversation with the woman to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
“I just wanted to get a better look of the city from this side,” she replied, according to the umpire’s recollection.
“Oh no,” Tumpane said, hooking his arm around hers. “You don’t want to do that. It’s just as good over here. Let’s go grab some lunch and talk.”
“No, no, no,” she answered. “I’m better off on this side. Just let me go.”
“I’m not going to let you go,” he said. “Let’s talk this out. We’ll get you back over here.”
“No one wants to help me,” she repeated. “Just let me go.”
“No, we’re here to help you.”
“You’ll forget me tomorrow.”
“I’ll never forget you,” he said. “You can have my promise on that.”
At this point Tumpane turned to some passers by and mouthed the words call 911. As he and the woman continued to talk she became more emotional, and as he placed his arms around her she tried to slip from his grip and jump into the Allegheny River below.
Here’s Tumpane describing the situation to Post-Gazette photojournalist Matt Freed:
— Matt Freed (@mattfreedpghpg) June 29, 2017
The bridge was not crowded at that time of day. However, eventually a couple other passers by came over and helped restrain the woman until police and paramedics arrived.
While the paramedics were preparing to take her to the hospital, Tumpane knelt down next to her and tried to comfort her. He asked her what her name was, and she told him. Then he prayed for her.
“I was just trying to tell her it was going to be all right. There’s help,” Tumpane said. “We’re going to be better if she can get back on this side. I said, ‘All these people are here. Look at all these people who want to help you. We’re all here for the right reasons. We want to get you better.’”
Tumpane says he hopes to see the woman on Thursday before he and his crew head off to their next city.
If you or someone you know might be suicidal, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255.
Hat Tip – [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]