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Retired #FDNY Rescue Medic saves man on edge of Outerbridge

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A good samaritan rushed to save the life of a 19-year-old man who attempted to jump from the Outerbridge Crossing on Tuesday, as shocked New Jersey-bound motorists looked on.

A former Staten Islander from Richmond who now lives in Hazlet, N.J., Gary Smiley noticed the young man -- identified as a Tottenville resident -- get out of his car and start to climb over the railing.

“I yelled out to this kid, ‘what the hell are you doing?’ and told him to get over here,” Smiley said.

As the young man put one leg over the bridge’s railing, Smiley said he went into action. A retried FDNY rescue paramedic, he clutched onto the agitated man and stayed with him until Port Authority police arrived.

“He was very distraught and he thought that he had failed at life and we talked before anyone got there,” Smiley said.

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