Police officer jumps off highway overpass to aid injured boy

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(CBS) – A suburban New York police officer says she jumped from an overpass on Friday to save a 12-year-old boy’s life, the Rockland/Westchester Journal News reports.

Officer Jessie Ferreira Cavallo, of Hastings-on-Hudson, was on her way to work when she and other passers-by saw a boy jump off an overpass. He lay unconscious on the ground several feet below, and Ferreira Cavallo says she sprung into action. “Everything happened so fast and I think my adrenaline was pumping so high,” she told the newspaper. 

The officer says she immediately parked her car on the shoulder, grabbed first-aid materials and then jumped right off the overpass after the boy.

“I wasn’t thinking too much,” Ferreira Cavallo said. “He looked dead. I couldn’t see anything other than blood. I thought to myself, ‘He needs help. I need to help him.'”

She wasn’t the only person to spring into action. An off-duty officer from a different department stopped to help, too.

The boy was unresponsive and the two women put a neck brace and splint on him and checked his airway. “Both me and her together, we were able to aid him and assist him,” Ferreira Cavallo said. “We were talking to each other like we worked together,” even though they’d never met before.

The other officer has been identified as Laura Yakaboski, a Yonkers police officer who just happened to be passing by at the right time, Yonkers Police Sgt. Jared Singer told CBS News via email. 

Ferreira Cavallo says the boy opened his eyes but “wasn’t really responding back” when she talked to him. An ambulance arrived to take him to the hospital for injuries were described as serious but non-life threatening. He suffered a broken arm, broken nose, and leg injuries, Westchester County police spokesman Kieran O’Leary told CBS News.

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