County officer prevents man from apparent jump at Halsted tollway bridge

A Cook County Sheriff’s Police officer this week rescued a man who was apparently attempting to jump from the Halsted Street bridge above Interstate 80/294 on Homewood’s north end.

Sgt. Michael Dwyer pulled the man to safety as he appeared to be going off the bridge, said Sophia Ansari, press secretary for the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.

“Sgt. Dwyer rushed to the man and pulled him back to safety,” Ansari told the H-F Chronicle.

The incident began at about 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 16. Dwyer was driving on I-80/294 when he saw the man straddling the bridge railing.

Concerned for the man’s safety, Dwyer quickly exited the tollway, parked his patrol car and approached the man on foot. The man refused to speak to Dwyer and shifted his weight in an apparent attempt to jump.

After pulling the man off the railing, there was a brief struggle between Dwyer and the man. Dwyer secured him on the ground and placed him in handcuffs, Ansari said.

The man was taken to an area hospital for treatment. According to published reports, he was taken to St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights.

No further information on the man or his condition was available.

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