(Meredith) – A police officer sprang into action when a boy climbed over a guardrail on a New York interstate and jumped from an overpass.
Jessie Cavallo, a Hastings-on-Hudson police officer, said she was on her way to work when she saw the boy running along the Saw Mill River Parkway in Yonkers on Friday.
The boy stopped and jumped about 30 feet from the overpass, landing on the concrete below, News 12 Westchester reported.
“I was shocked. That's why I knew I had to stop and do something,” Cavallo told the station.
The 28-year-old police officer said she parked her car on the shoulder, grabbed a first-aid kit and jumped after the boy.
"I wasn't thinking too much," she told the Journal News. "I just knew, when I looked down and saw him ... he looked dead. I couldn't see anything other than blood. I thought to myself, 'He needs help. I need to help him.'"
Cavallo administered CPR with the help of another good Samaritan. They also managed to put a neck brace on him and make a splint for his arm.
Paramedics later transported the boy to Westchester Medical Center, where he is recovering. However, details about his condition were not immediately available Monday morning.
According to News 12, the boy is between 12 and 13 years old and a student at the Andrus School for vulnerable children.
Cavallo said she hopes to visit the child soon if the hospital will allow her to do so. In her seven years as a police officer, she’s received about six lifesaving awards, the Journal News reported.
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