Officer Jessie Ferreira Cavallo
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — A 12-year-old boy is recovering and remains hospitalized days after he jumped several feet from an overpass and a police officer jumped to help him Friday.
happened so fast and I think my adrenaline was pumping so high" said
police Officer Jessie Ferreira Cavallo, of the Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.,
police department over the weekend.
Ferreira, who was on her way
to work in the village, was one of a few passers-by to stop to help. She
said she jumped after the boy and helped him after he was unresponsive
on the ground.
Ferreira said she immediately parked her car on the shoulder,
stuffed her pockets with first-aid materials from her car and then
jumped after the boy, who she said looked like a young teenager.
wasn't thinking too much," she said. "I just knew, when I looked down
and saw him ... he looked dead. I couldn't see anything other than
blood. I thought to myself, 'He needs help. I need to help him.' "
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She said another woman, in a military uniform, also stopped to help.
"Both me and her together, we were able to aid him and assist him," she said.
The boy was unresponsive, she said, and they put a neck brace and a splint on him, and checked his airway.
After some time, the boy opened his eyes, but was mostly non-responsive, Ferreira said.
"I was talking," she said. "He wasn't really responding back."
boy, who went to the hospital with a broken arm, broken nose and leg
injuries is expected to survive, said Kieran O'Leary, a Westchester
County, New York, police spokesman on Monday.
County police were
called to the scene Friday afternoon after the boy, a Bronx native, took
off from the Andrus campus in Yonkers, New York, O'Leary said.
is a private, nonprofit organization that provides services for
vulnerable children, children with special needs, and children with
severe emotional and behavior issues, according to its website. Andrus
officials could not immediately be reached for comment.
staff followed the boy and were speaking to him on the parkway when he
ended up plummeting onto Tuckahoe Road, O'Leary said. It's unclear how
far the fall was.
In addition to the woman in a military uniform,
Laura Yakaboski, a Yonkers police officer who was off-duty at the time,
also was passing by and stopped to help, said Yonkers Sgt. Jared Singer.
Yakaboski reported the incident and helped direct the ambulance to the scene, Singer said.
It wasn't until Saturday, she said, that Ferreira realized what she had done.
after this whole thing happened, I went to work and worked to 11 p.m.,"
she said. "I didn't realize what was going on until yesterday," she
said Sunday. "That's when it hit me. I didn't realize how high it
was. It seemed doable. It didn't seem that high. I thought I jumped over
a brick wall, or a cement barrier. It was so fast. It was more like
tunnel vision. I saw the boy and I needed to get to him. I didn't see
Ferreira could not be reached Monday, but she said
over the weekend that she had planned on seeing the boy in the hospital
"I just hope that he's doing well," she said. "I just want to give him a hug."
isn't the first time Ferreira has saved a life. The 28-year-old officer
said she has received about six lifesaving awards in her seven years as
a police officer.
While working as a Mount Vernon officer, she
saved an elderly man after a heart attack by using a defibrillator and
cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and she received several awards in
Hastings for administering naloxone in heroin overdoses.
She has also been recognized for undercover work with the FBI and a county task force.