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“Don’t Jump”, cop signs

February 3, 2009

(from Newswaves, November 1999) 

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – A police officer using sign language convinced a deaf man not to jump off a two-story building.

The homeless man was taken to a mental health center after he was talked down. Police didn’t release his name but said he was depressed after losing his job and apartment.

Two police officers first noticed the man perched on the roottop ledge of the old McCory store in downtown Orlando. When they realized he could only communicate in sign language, they called Officer Rhonda Huckelbery to serve as an interpreter.

“He laughed and said he was coming down because my sign language was so bad that I needed more help than he did,” she said.

  1. Peachlady
    February 3, 2009 at 7:59 am

    There is another deaf man who jumped off the bridge in Jan 2009

    Click this link at:
    Whitesburg Bridge jumper

  2. February 3, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    I do remember I saw the local news and after I found one of website and could not find it, today.

    The deaf man was nearly jumped from monorail near WestLake Mall in downtown seattle around Nov’08 I still cannot find those of website. I will try to find one!

  3. Mike
    February 3, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    LMAO!!!! That’s a funny story I ever read in my life! It’s true that cop needs help more than Deaf needs!

  4. January 22, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Need address meet Feb 7 the 2013.

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