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Officer rescues would-be jumper

| Saturday, March 9, 2013, 1:01 a.m.

A Homestead police officer is being credited with saving a woman's life by preventing her from jumping off the Homestead Grays Bridge.

Officer Matt Fusco grabbed a 33-year-old Greenfield woman as she started to go forward off the outer railing on Thursday at approximately 9 p.m.

“We got a call for a possible jumper on the bridge,” Fusco said. “We got out there and found her on the west side, in the middle of the bridge over the water. She was sitting over the railing with her feet hanging over.”

Fusco said he saw that the woman was wearing a hood when he reached the sidewalk.

“She took her hood down and saw the police cars,” he said. “She went to go forward to throw herself off and I grabbed her in a bear hug.”

Fusco said Homestead Officer Ron Depellegrin assisted in pulling the woman away from the railing.

“We put her in one of the police cars,” Fusco said. “She said she wished we just would have let her jump.”

When he asked her why, she replied that she “wanted to go home,” Fusco said. He said she told him that her home “is not in this world.”

The woman was transported to UPMC Mercy.

Fusco said the woman's husband thought she was going out for a walk.

“Thank God he was there,” Homestead Mayor Betty Esper said of Fusco. “He's a hero.”

Police Chief Jeff DeSimone said witnesses at the scene commended Fusco “for doing a great job.”

Stacy Lee is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1970, or slee@tribweb.com.

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