Sailor, nurse prevent suicidal man from jumping off Coronado Bridge

CORONADO, Calif. — Until Monday morning, Nicholas Pisano and Lindsay Schimpf had never met.

The two ended up saving an 82-year-old man intent on committing suicide by jumping off the San Diego-Coronado bridge.

Pisano was on his way to work at Naval Air Station North Island when he saw the man’s truck slow down and pull over. He said he thought the driver needed help.

“I jumped out of my car and ran over to him,” Pisano said. “I grabbed him by his arm and asked him what he was doing. He said he was planning on jumping.”

Pisano led the man back to his truck and waved for help.

That’s when Lindsay Schimpf, a nurse at Sharp Coronado Hospital, stopped to lend a hand.

“I wasn’t sure what was going on, not sure if it was a medical emergency or what until I was informed it was someone who intended to take their own life on the bridge,” Schimpf said.

Schimpf was able to calm the man down and eventually the police arrived.

According to Schimpf and Pisano, the man told them he was ill and that’s why he wanted to end his life.