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Onlookers cheer police officer who breaks down in tears after nerve-wracking rescue of suicidal man on ledge

Harrowing police bodycam video shows the rescue of a suicidal man teetering on the side of a bridge in New York City.

“We’re here for you,” Officer Eleodoro Mata can be heard telling the man in a 40-minute ordeal captured on bodycam video. “Everybody’s here for you. We’re gonna help you.”

The NYPD praised both Mata and his partner Carl Fayette for their roles in the dramatic rescue, which prompted cheers from onlookers when emergences services officers wearing safety harnesses finally grabbed ahold of the man and brought him to safety.

“Life is beautiful, brother,” Fayette says repeatedly to the victim, seen leaning over the edge of a bridge.

Both officers work for the NYPD’s 26th Precinct, where their commander praised them on X last week, before the bodycam video had been made public.

“They spoke to the man with genuine empathy to let him know they cared and that help was available, & with the assistance of our @NYPDSpecialops, they got him help,” he wrote.

The National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline can be reached by dialing 988.

Michael Ruiz is a reporter for Fox News Digital. Story tips can be sent to michael.ruiz@fox.com and on Twitter: @mikerreports

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