SAN PEDRO, Calif. — January 30, 2009 — On Wednesday, two Los Angeles Port Police Officers literally stopped a man from jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge by grabbing his pants leg.

Port Police Sergeants Daniel Cobos and Rosario Ferrara were called to the scene of a man who had stopped his car on the eastbound lane of the Vincent Thomas Bridge around 1 p.m. When the man saw the officers, he began running, found an opening in the bridge fencing and lunged off the bridge. Sergeant Cobos grabbed the man’s left pant leg and Sergeant Ferrara grabbed both men to pull them to safety.

The man, a 60-year old San Pedro resident, was uninjured and taken to Harbor UCLA Medical Center where he was placed under observation. Both officers have been commended by the Los Angeles Port Police Department for this act of courage in the line of duty without regard to their own personal safety.

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