It’s not every day we hear a story like this one.
Major League Baseball Umpire, John Tumpane, saved a woman’s life. Around 3 p.m. on his way back from a run, Tumpane was walking across Robert Clemente Bridge and saw a woman climb over the railing as if she was considering jumping off of the bridge.
Immediately, Tumpane rushed across the nearly empty bridge in an attempt to stop this woman. He got close to her and asked what she was doing. She replied by explaining “I just wanted to get a better look of the city from this side.”
Tumpane responded by wrapping his arms around her and explaining “Oh no, you don’t want to do that. It’s just as good over here. Let’s go grab some lunch and talk.”
“No, no, no,” she answered. “I’m better off on this side. Just let me go.”
“I’m not going to let you go,” he said. “Let’s talk this out. We’ll get you back over here.”
“No one wants to help me,” she repeated. “Just let me go.”
“No, we’re here to help you.”
“You’ll forget me tomorrow.”
Luckily, Tumpane was able to catch the attention of a person walking by on the bridge and mouthed to them “call 911.”
“I was just trying to tell her it was going to be all right. There’s help,” Tumpane said. “We’re going to be better if she can get back on this side. I said, ‘All these people are here. Look at all these people who want to help you. We’re all here for the right reasons. We want to get you better.’ ”
This lady was eventually lifted off the bridge and evaluated my paramedics.
Thank god Tumpane was at the right place at the right time otherwise, its possible that this woman would not have woken up this morning.