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Marco Island police officers saved a man who they said was trying to jump from the S.S. Jolley Bridge on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017. (Video does not contain sound.) Video courtesy Marco Island Police Department

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Marco Island police officers saved a man they said was trying to jump from the S.S. Jolley Bridge early Friday.

 

Marco police received a call of a "despondent male" in the 1300 or 1400 block of North Collier Boulevard at 3:11 a.m., Police Capt. David Baer said in an email.

With help from the Collier County Sheriff's Office communications center, working through a language barrier, officers deduced the man might be on the bridge, Baer said.

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"Officer Willem Hernandez responded to the bridge area and observed an individual near the bridge railing on the north side of the bridge," Baer wrote.

Hernandez reported he exited his vehicle and grabbed the man by his hand as he jumped over the bridge railing.

The man resisted Hernandez's efforts, Baer wrote in the email, but the officer held on to him until Officer Jeff Stafford arrived and helped pull the man over the bridge railing.

The man was not injured and was taken into protective custody, Baer wrote.

Less than two weeks ago, authorities found a 70-year-old woman dead in the water below the bridge. Deputies found a suicide note on the woman's car, which was parked on the side of the bridge.

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