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Cops Save Man Who Jumped Off Fort Lauderdale Bridge, Explain it Colorfully

We give a tip of our hat today here at the Pulp to Fort Lauderdale Police Detective Travis Mandell, who gave the most colorful description of police-related activity we've ever seen from a cop.

Around 8:45 a.m. today, a man who was reportedly "expressing suicidal thoughts" decided to hop off the South Andrews Avenue Bridge, and witnesses alerted the cops.

Marine Patrol Officers Keith Rohloff and Richard Rhodes arrived at the scene, and here's what happened -- as the man became submerged underwater -- in Mandell's words:

With wanton disregard for his personal safety, Officer Rhodes leapt into the turbulent waters and swam towards the drowning man. Officer Rohloff maintained control of the Police vessel, preventing other vessels from being piloted into the area. Officer Rhodes was able to raise the semi-conscious male to the surface and swam, with the man in tow, to the riverbank.

That is all-American poetry right there, folks.

The man was taken to the hospital for minor medical treatment and a psychological evaluation.

Rhodes was also taken to the hospital as a precaution, but has since been released.

If you have any extra information about what happened, call the Fort Lauderdale cops at 954-828-5700.


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