NEWS: Last Tuesday the NYPD carried out the daring rescue of a cargo ship captain suffering from a heart attack, and the entire incident was caught on video.
Last Wednesday at City Hall, New York City Police Officer Yi Huang was honored for saving a man who attempted to jump off the Verrazano Bridge. But what of MTA Police Officer Eddie Fung’s role in the rescue?
According to one veteran police reporter and author, the NYPD’s Public Information Office likes to credit its own officers for their good deeds over members of other law enforcement agencies, even if that means stretching the truth. A lot.
In his weekly online column NYPD Confidential, Leonard Levitt details a purported insiders account of last week’s heroic talk down of a suicidal man from the edge of the Verrazano Bridge.
The difference between the official story put out by the press and what Levitt says really happened?
Levitt writes that it was in fact MTA Bridge and Tunnel officer Eddie Fung who spent four hours talking down despondent civilian Lin Huan Quiang, not Officer Yi Huang of the NYPD’s 5th Precinct in Chinatown – as had been previously reported by multiple news organization.
Officers from the NYPD’s Emergency Services Unit stopped a “despondent” Brooklyn man from taking his own life by jumping off the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on Monday.
A “marathon negotiation session” began at around 12 when Lin Huan Qiong, 46, from Sheepshead Bay was seen climbing one of the bridge’s metal “fingers,” writes John M. Annese in a thrilling rescue story for the Staten Island Advance.
Police told the Advance that both an argument Lin had with his 18-year-old daughter and a failing business led to the standoff. Because he only speaks Cantonese, ESU negotiators had to put out the call for bilingual officers.