Off-duty NYPD cop saves suicidal man after asking him for a hug

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Off-Duty Cop Saves Suicidal Man After Asking Him For A Hug

ELMHURST, Queens (PIX 11) – A hero cop saved a man's life by asking him a simple question: do you want a hug?

Officer Christian Campoverde was Christmas shopping with his family at Queens Center Mall last week when he heard a distraught man mumbling that he wanted to kill himself, according to the NYPD News.

Campoverde, who was off-duty at the time, noticed something didn't seem right with the man and followed him to a balcony area where the man had one leg over a railing. There, Campoverde began to talk to him about why he wanted to end his life and as both strangers connected, he said "Is it OK if I give you a hug, do you want a hug?"

The man replied with a yes and was taken safely by EMS for evaluation.

"I just saw somebody who needed help," Campoverde, who finalized the NYPD's Crisis Intervention Team training the week prior, said.

The training focuses on assisting officers on how they can recognize signs of mental illness, respond to such calls and helping someone in a crisis.

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Off-duty NYPD cop saves suicidal man after asking him for a hug
In this Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015 photo, instructors Melinda Wolbransky, center, Lt. Mark Turner, center background, and Detective James Shanahan, right, go over Sgt. Cecilia Luckie, foreground right, andOfficer John Gonis's performance during a Crisis Intervention Training class at the New York Police Department Police Academy, in New York. A new training for New York City police is combining actors, the mentally ill and psychology experts to better prepare officers responding to people in the throes of a mental crisis. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
In this Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015 photo, Officer Lamont Edwards talks to actor Nathan Purdee during a Crisis Intervention Training class at the New York Police Department Police Academy, in New York. A new training for New York City police is combining actors, the mentally ill and psychology experts to better prepare officers responding to people in the throes of a mental crisis. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
In this Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015 photo, Sgt. Cecilia Luckie, left, talks actress Erin Shields, off a ledge during a Crisis Intervention Training class at the New York Police Department Police Academy, in New York. A new training for New York City police is combining actors, the mentally ill and psychology experts to better prepare officers responding to people in the throes of a mental crisis. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
In this Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015 photo, Sgt. Cecilia Luckie tries to talk actress Erin Shields, not in photo, off a ledge during a Crisis Intervention Training class at the New York Police Department Police Academy, in New York. A new training for New York City police is combining actors, the mentally ill and psychology experts to better prepare officers responding to people in the throes of a mental crisis. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
In this Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015 photo, officers Officer Yani Suri, left, and Dario Henriquez, right, talk to actors Jaimie Kelton, center, and Grant Cooper, background, during a Crisis Intervention Training class at the New York Police Department Police Academy, in New York. A new training for New York City police is combining actors, the mentally ill and psychology experts to better prepare officers responding to people in the throes of a mental crisis. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
In this Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015 photo, officers Danny Lora, right, and Maryan Soliman assist actor Grant Cooper during a Crisis Intervention Training class at the New York Police Department Police Academy, in New York. A new training for New York City police is combining actors, the mentally ill and psychology experts to better prepare officers responding to people in the throes of a mental crisis. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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