Police pull suicidal woman off 25-story Williamsburg building

Talking down: Officers spent 45 minutes trying to talk the woman off the ledge before grabbing her.
Photo by Paul Martinka

Brooklyn’s Finest rescued a suicidal woman from the ledge of a 25-story apartment building in Williamsburg on Thursday, grabbing her off the precipice after trying to talk her down for 45 minutes.

Officers from the 90th Precinct found the 20-something lady on the very edge of the tower’s roof on Division Avenue near Berry Street at around 2 pm, and kept her talking until Emergency Service Unit 8 arrived and took over the conversation, according to police.

Members of the special squad secured the lady with a safety harness and officers Michael Gannon and Jared Popp tried to talk her into coming down for another 45 minutes. But when it became clear she was not going to leave the ledge voluntarily, the duo distracted her then pulled her to safety, cops said.

Fire Department emergency responders wheeled the woman to an ambulance with a sheet over her head as onlookers cheered the rescue crews, then transported her to a nearby hospital for evaluation, police and witnesses said.

If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide, do not leave the person alone; remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs, or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt; call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273–8255; and take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.

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Scary stories: Police outside the 25-story building on Division Avenue near Berry Street.
Photo by Paul Martinka

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