March 18, 2020 By Christian Murray
An off-duty police officer aided a woman who was about to commit suicide in the East River near Astoria Park yesterday.
Eileen Fitzgerald, a port authority police officer, was running along a path in Astoria Park Tuesday when she came across a crowd at the shoreline by 20th Avenue and Shore Boulevard who were looking down at the water at a woman in emotional distress.
Officer Fitzgerald climbed down the rocks and spoke to the distressed woman, according to a Port Authority Police spokesperson. The woman said she no longer wanted to live.
The off-duty officer told her that she was going to help and asked the woman to come toward her. Officer Fitzgerald and a woman identifying as the victim’s cousin were able to coax her to them and pulled the woman out of the water.
Officer Fitzgerald then removed her outer sweater and placed it on the woman. Another Good Samaritan had climbed down to assist at this time, where they helped the woman traverse the rocks back up to street level.
As they safely moved the woman back on the embankment, officers from the NYPD 114th precinct arrived on scene and transported the woman to a local hospital for evaluation.