.

Police Rescue Jumper From Dannehower Bridge on Monday

Multiple police departments responded to the bridge Monday afternoon and rescued a man hanging from the side.

According to West Norriton Deputy Police Chief Dale Mabry, police from West Norriton, Norristown, and Bridgeport police departments responded to the Dannehower Bridge at approximately 3:40 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3 for a report of a man possibly about to jump from the West Norriton side of bridge.

On the scene, officers observed a bicycle resting against the southbound side of the bridge and a man hanging on to the outside of the guardrail not far away. The officer reportedly approached the unidentified man and offered assistance.

"The fellow said that he was tired," said Deputy Chief Mabry. "[That] he wanted to kill himself."

The officer offered to find help for the man, but he reportedly dropped his legs from the concrete wall and was hanging from the guardrail by his arms. The officer quickly grabbed the man's wrist and with the help of other officers pulled him to safety.

The man was reportedly transported to Einstein Medical Center Montgomery where he was cleared medically and then taken to Montgomery County Emergency Services for psychiatric evaluation.

JoeRN December 04, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Why is the Dannehower in three different jurisdictions? I never understood why one section is Norristown, one section West Norriton, and one section Bridgeport. Anyone know what the story is with that? Just curious...
James Myers (Editor) December 04, 2012 at 06:32 PM
It is curious, isn't it? I guess when they drew the lines, each municipality wanted a piece of the waterfront. I wouldn't be surprised if it had something to do with the sewage treatment processing flow as well. I'll ask around.
JoeRN December 04, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Thanks! I've always been curious...
Pete Marion December 04, 2012 at 08:00 PM
I asked a Bridgeport cop and he said no one wants to patrol it so its everyone problem.
ron fonock December 05, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Upper Merion also has a piece of the bridge
James Myers (Editor) December 05, 2012 at 04:14 AM
Interestingly enough, Municipal Waste Authority Director Barry Thompson was at tonight's meeting and I had the opportunity to ask him about my theory that it had something to do with West Norriton needing those bits for sewage treatment flow. He said that would have nothing to do with it and that the lines were drawn long before that would have ever become an issue. So I asked Norristown Council Member Bill Caldwell (our resident historian) about the issue and he said that as it was explained to him, when Norristown incorporated itself it left those portions that are now West and East Norriton out of its lines. Those residents not part of the borough were just considered residents of Montgomery County. When those unincorporated parts were eventually organized into their own municipalities, they took on those parts left out by Norristown. Apparently Norristown could have made a grab for them at the time, but declined for whatever reason.
Joann December 05, 2012 at 01:22 PM
It is Norristown from Main St to Barbados Island, over the island it is West Norriton as is the island and from the island to Bridgeport is Bridgeport.

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »