A distraught man climbed onto a 4th floor ledge of a local college frat house today. He laid down in a precarious position for almost two hours as Boston police negotiators, EMS, and members of Boston fire’s Technical Rescue crew talked to him, listened to him, and gave him blankets and water until finally climbing onto the ledge and rescuing him. The incident happened at the corner of Hereford and Marlborough streets.
*I chose to publish these on my blog to show the teamwork and overall caring/human approach that the rescuers exhibited.
Holiday time can feel desperate, for many. If you are feeling desperate please call Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
**I have blurred the young man’s face to keep his anonymity**
Chelsea police officer Paul McCarthy was awarded a medal yesterday for his life saving actions on Saturday, atop the Tobin Bridge, according to the Chelsea police website. A man had allegedly assaulted his wife and was on the run when a Chelsea cop spotted him and initiated a brief pursuit, that ended when the man jumped from the upper deck of the bridge, only to get caught in construction safety netting on the lower deck. Here is my original post, with photos, from the incident. Below are more of my photos of officer McCarthy in action on the Tobin. Photos were snapped during my Saturday shift as a Boston Herald staff photographer.
Chelsea police and fire department, along with Boston fire department, rescued a man from high above the Mystic River Saturday August 9. A man allegedly assaulted his wife with a knife in Malden. Malden police gave an alert, in the form of an all points bulletin, “be on the lookout” broadcast. A Chelsea police officer spotted his Lincoln Towne Car and gave chase. A brief pursuit ended on the upper deck of the Tobin Bridge when the man got out of his car and jumped over the railing. He was caught in the construction netting on the lower deck, approximately 50 feet below where he jumped from. He survived with a leg injury. The rescue took approximately 30 minutes. I was there, far away and under the bridge, with my 800mm lens and a 1.4x extender. Here are my photos.
I awoke at 5am and drove to Boston Municipal Court on the morning of April 21, 2009. I wanted to photograph Philip Markoff, the man dubbed the “craigslist killer.” This man was apprehended just 12 hours earlier, give or take an hour. My usual shift as a staff photographer at the Boston Herald begins at 6:30am, but on this day I wanted to be first in line so I could secure the coveted “pool photographer” position for this sensational case. The pool photographer is traditionally the first media person who arrives at court, since the court can’t hold more than one still camera and one video (TV) camera. My photographs of Markoff’s arraignment were carried that day in newspapers, websites and magazines, and at least one book cover, around the world. Now they are being viewed again after his jailhouse suicide. Here are two of my photos from that, and 3 instances of how the photos have been used this time around.
A man exited his car on the Tobin Bridge’s upper deck during this evening’s rush hour and climbed up onto a railing threatening to jump. An ambulance crew from Chelsea’s Cataldo Ambulance and a Chelsea police officer were the first to reach him, according to audio on the police scanner. Boston firefighters, Boston EMS, Boston fire’s Marine Unit and the state police then arrived. The man was finally talked down after almost an hour teetering on the railing, in the wind. This was my view from Charlestown. Please, to anyone considering anything like this, get help, things do get better…or call the samaritans.