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Watch Hero Cop's Narrow Rescue Of Man Jumping From 6th Floor

A cop is being praised for acting quickly to rescue a man just as he began to jump head-first off a sixth-floor balcony in Hamden, Connecticut.

Officer Justin Martin’s bodycam video shows just how close a call it was ― as Police Chief Thomas Wydra noted, just one more second may have been too late. “His actions are certainly heroic,” Wydra said, according to the New Haven Register.

Martin was responding to a call of a “combative resident” at the Whitney Center senior living community, the Hamden Police Department noted in a Facebook post on Tuesday. As he spoke with staff, he saw a man run away and Martin ran after him up stairs to a roof terrace.

There he saw the man “dive head first” over a short railing, but he managed to grab his legs, pulling him to safety, police said.

The resident underwent evaluation at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Here’s the department’s video of the April 21 incident:

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