NEW JERSEY (WTXF) - A local cop risked his life to save a man distraught over the death of his wife.
FOX 29's Bill Anderson has the story.
Body cameras worn by police officers have been a very controversial topic mostly because you have no idea what the video will show. Raw video sometimes gives us an inside look at questionable tactics and sometimes like in a recently released Trenton PD video you see officers earn the title we probably throw around to freely, hero.
Police departments rarely grant requests for interviews with officers being viewed as heroic. Often they say the officer just did their job. But in this case, they agreed to let us meet Officer Freddy Jimenez who described a situation he experienced in mid-September.
“I began to process the scene document everything and shortly thereafter he disappeared from my site,” he told FOX 29.
The Trenton police officer had been called to a senior citizen facility because an older woman passed away so it wasn’t at all surprising that her husband was distraught. The first year officer definitely didn’t expect what happened next. As he walked through the home he heard the man in his room, “saying things, talking to himself.” The mourning gentleman was hanging from the window repeatedly saying do it apparently trying to talk himself into taking his own life.
Body cam video shows Officer Jimenez immediately reacting and ultimately pulling the man in from the window. In the moment Officer Jimenez just reacted but now with a chance to think about it, it's starting to sink in that there’s a grieving man alive today because of his actions.
“I’m just grateful that it went how it went down, I’m grateful it didn’t go the other way because it could’ve gotten bad real quick," he said.
As for the body cam, the officer says that they let us see what he was seeing but can’t really reflect what he was feeling.
“It's different when you’re in it. Human being to human being, you never wanna see someone lose their life. I’m just glad he didn’t lose his life that’s all I’m grateful for,” Officer Jimenez said.