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Cop Who Rescued Suicidal Teen is Retiring

Officer Angela Amato, who pulled a teen to safety from a Wantagh overpass, will retire next week.

Officer Angela Amato, the police officer who heroically saved a suicidal teen from jumping to his death, will retire next week. (Credit: Nassau County Police Department Facebook)
Officer Angela Amato, the police officer who heroically saved a suicidal teen from jumping to his death, will retire next week. (Credit: Nassau County Police Department Facebook)

A police officer who heroically saved a suicidal teen from jumping to his death will retire next week.

Nassau County Police said Seventh Precinct Officer Angela Amato will be ending her career "in a way that does our community proud" after swooping in to save a teen in trouble.

Last Wednesday, Amato responded to a Wantagh Parkway overpass and found a 16-year-old boy who had climbed over the railing, police said. The teen was threatening to end his life by jumping onto the highway.

Amato began talking to the teen and, when she was close enough, took his arm and pulled him to safety, cops said. Read the story here.

"It broke my heart that a 16 year old felt so helpless," Amato wrote on Patch. "I pray for him. Such a sweet guy! I was glad I was able to do what I did. Helping someone is truly the best part of being a police officer."

John Ryan June 09, 2014 at 07:09 PM
Officer Amato is one of the unsung heroes of the law enforcement community. Sorry to hear that she is retiring. Nassau County Police need more Officer's like her.
yeahitzme June 10, 2014 at 06:55 AM
What a great way to end her career...having saved a young life and giving him a chance to get help! What better way to go?! Good things will come her way!
Christopher Wendt June 10, 2014 at 09:51 AM
Wishing you the best of everything life has to offer in your retirement!
Daniel Mc Carthy June 10, 2014 at 02:41 PM
Enjoy your retirement. Well deserved!!! Thank you for your service.
K June 10, 2014 at 09:24 PM
Thank you for your dedication Officer Amato. You are an inspiration to the new recruits!

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