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Officer Jessie Ferreira Cavallo. (Hastings-On-Hudson Police Department)
Officer Jessie Ferreira Cavallo. (Hastings-On-Hudson Police Department)

‘I just knew’

Hero cop risks her life to save boy who jumped from highway overpass

By WITW Staff on August 7, 2018

New York police officer Jessie Ferreira Cavallo helped save the life of a 12-year-old boy who jumped from an overpass on Friday by bravely jumping after him in order to provide him with immediate medical attention. Ferreira was on her way to work at the Hastings-on-Hudson Police Department, in the suburbs of New York City, when she saw the boy climb over the guardrail of the Saw Mill River Parkway in Yonkers and fling himself off of it onto the concrete below. Shocked, she swiftly parked her car on the shoulder of the highway, packed her pockets with first-aid materials, and made the jump after him.

“Everything happened so fast and I think my adrenaline was pumping so high,” she told The Rockland-Westchester Journal News. “I wasn’t thinking too much. I just knew, when I looked down and saw him … he looked dead. I couldn’t see anything other than blood. I thought to myself, ‘He needs help. I need to help him.'”

Another woman, in a military uniform, also made it to the boy — who was unresponsive — and helped put a neck brace and a splint on him. Laura Yakaboski, a Yonkers police officer who was off duty at the time, also passed by the scene and assisted the two women in helping the child. According to police, the boy, a Bronx native had run away from the Andrus campus, a private non-profit organization that provides services and programs for children with disabilities and severe emotional and behavior issues. He broke his arm and injured his legs during the fall, but is reportedly being treated in a hospital and is expected to survive.

Ferreira, 28, has reportedly received six awards for saving lives during her seven years working as a police officer.

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Read the full story at USA Today.


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