Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Airport Police officers were being praised Monday for keeping a suicidal man from jumping to his death from a parking structure at Los Angeles International Airport.

Los Angeles Airport Police personnel dispatched to the four-story parking structure near American Airlines Terminal 4 came upon a young Korean man dangling over the edge, said Officer Robert Pedregon.

Two officers began talking to the man, utilizing the translation applications on their smartphones, he said. While one officer continued the dialogue, the other called in additional help, including a Los Angeles Fire Department rescue team, Pedregon said.

At some point, the officers were able to persuade the man to climb back onto the narrow ledge and walk a few steps closer, he said.

“Officers coaxed the man to walk a few steps closer to look at the translation app on Officer (Michael) Dear’s smartphone, when in one rapid succession bike Officer Bart Castro, followed by Officer Daniel Krockel, jumped onto the ledge of the parking structure and grabbed the would-be suicide victim,” he said.

The man, whose name was withheld, was taken to a mental care facility for evaluation and treatment after the Wednesday incident. It wasn’t clear if he was visiting Los Angeles or was a resident of the Southland.

“I am never surprised by the brave and quick actions of our officers,” said Airport Police Chief David Maggard. “Time and time again, they respond to dynamic situations, and with precision, they coordinate an effective and appropriate response.”

–City News Service 

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