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Hackensack Bridge Jumper Was Preparing For Polar Bear Plunge

A man who jumped from the Anderson Street bridge said he was preparing for a Polar Bear Challenge.
A man who jumped from the Anderson Street bridge said he was preparing for a Polar Bear Challenge. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine

HACKENSACK, N.J. — A man who jumped 40 feet from the Anderson Street Bridge into the Hackensack River on Wednesday is undergoing psychiatric evaluation.

The 37-year-old was treated on scene by HUMC EMS personnel and told first responders he jumped in preparation for a polar bear challenge, police said.

Hackensack police officers Jason Sawyer, Michael Koenig and Nart Marza located the struggling man in the river as the current dragged him further down the river, according to police.

They instructed him to swim to shore, when he gan to go beneath the surface of the water. The officers then began removing all of their excess police equipment in preparation to go into the water after the man.

After some time, the man was brought to shore by the officers, police said.

The man was subsequently treated by Hackensack University Medical Center’s EMS personnel and transported before being transported to Bergen Regional Medical Center in Paramus for a psychiatric evaluation.


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