sacrifice : Suicide Jumper
A few weeks ago I was walking down 31st Street near 8th Avenue and noticed a four-foot tall ledge protruding from a seemingly abandoned building.
The next logical step was to stage an Improv Everywhere Mission with a suicide jumper on the absurdly small ledge.
At around 3:30 in the afternoon, a somber man crawled up the far side of the ledge at the edge of the building and began carefully inching his way towards the center.
Agent Nicholson brought his fisheye lense
The view from across the street
Many cars slowed down as passengers gawked at the jumper
A crowd looks on at the taxi-line across the street
Someone must have called the police, because Officer Randy McNabb soon arrived to talk the jumper down.
“It’s ok. Everybody gets a little depressed around the holidays”
Officer McNabb soon ascertained that the jumper’s name was “Will” and that he was devastated after not receiving a Christmas bonus. He couldn’t even afford to buy his kids presents this year, and suicide seemed like the only way out. Suddenly a cab pulled up to the scene and Will’s wife, Eliza frantically dashed out.
“We got your wife here. She says she loves you very much.”
As the scene gets more dramatic, more people join the crowd to figure out what’s going on.
Out of nowhere a shout is suddenly heard at the far edge of the ledge. “Will! What the hell do you think you’re doing?” Will’s coworker, Nate, had braved the dangerous ledge in attempt to save the day.
“Sir, don’t try to be a hero.”
As the plot thickens, the crowd grows larger.
Much to everyone’s relief a fireman appeared on the scene. He sprinted down the street with a trampoline, ready to save the day.
Man watches the fireman do his duty
The fireman moved the trampoline back and forth as Will paced on the edge.
“You got a lotta people who care about you, Will.”
Officer McNabb encouraged the crowd to cross the street and come closer to show their support for Will.
Will looked deep into the eyes of Eliza and realized he was about to make a huge mistake. “I’ll come down. I’ll come down,” he shouted as the crowd gasped with relief. It was determined that jumping down to the trampoline would be safer than walking back along the narrow ledge. The fireman instructed Will to aim for the “x” in the center of the trampoline and the crowd cheered him on by chanting “Hit the x!” Just before Will was about to jump a huge gust of wind caused him to lose his balance.
Unable to regain his balance, Will bravely pushed off the ledge.
He hit the “x” right in the center and collapsed on the street.
The fireman quickly covers Will with a warm blanket as Eliza rushes in to hug him. Officer McNabb announced on the megaphone, “We got him! He’s ok!” It was a true Christmas Miracle.
Nate jumps to safety.
“Use your head next time.”
Agent McNabb broke the crowd up. “Show’s over everybody. Let’s give these folks some space.” The crowd dispersed as Will and Eliza slowly walked off together.