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Associated Press , Published August 28 2013

Bismarck police officer saves man from fatal jump

BISMARCK — A Bismarck police officer who usually doesn't work patrol kept a man from jumping into the Missouri River.

The Bismarck Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/148PAxM ) Kent Kaylor's normal job is as a crime analyst.

But on Tuesday, he filled in for a short-staffed patrol shift and responded to a call of the man threatening to leap from the Liberty Memorial Bridge between Bismarck and Mandan.

Kaylor says he yelled "no" to the man as he started to climb, then ran over, gave him a bear hug and pulled the man to the sidewalk.

The officer says the guy asked why he didn't let him jump.

A year ago, a man jumped from the top of a nearby bridge, but it was not a suicide. His body was found three weeks later.

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