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MLB Umpire John Tumpane Saves Woman from Jumping Off a Bridge in Pittsburgh

MLB Umpire John Tumpane Saves Woman from Jumping Off a Bridge in Pittsburgh

Just hours before he was to serve as the umpire for the Pirate Rays game on Wednesday, John Tupman noticed something very unusual. While returning to the hotel he was residing after a jog, he noticed a woman climbing over the railing of the Roberto Clemente Bridge situated over the Allegheny River. He immediately asked the woman about what she was doing and following is the conversation which took place according to John. “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.” The woman at one point started crying and even had both her feet dangling in the air with Tupmane supporting her entire body weight. Tupmane who has no training in crisis management or suicide prevention stated that, “I was thinking, ‘God, this has got to be a good ending, not a bad ending,’ and held on for dear life, she said, ‘You don’t care about me.’ I said, ‘I care.’ She said, ‘I just want to end it right now. I want to be in a better place.’ I said, ‘You’re going to be all right.’” Along with two men helping him, Tupmane was able to hold on to the woman until a helicopter, ambulance, police boat and police officers arrived. The rescue workers were eventually able to bring the woman to safety, after which she was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Tupmane said, “I told her, ‘I didn’t forget her, and we’d be here, and she’s better off on this side than the other side.I just want her to know that.” “It’s also hard when you stand back behind home plate and look and you see the bridge in the distance, In between innings and whatnot, just thinking of how things could have maybe been,” Tumpane stated after his game. “Glad it was this way.”

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