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Would-be Wallington jumper hospitalized after 2-hour Passaic River search

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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST : An emotionally distraught man who’d planned to jump into the Passaic River and then changed his mind was brought to Bergen Regional Medical Center by Wallington police after they found him pacing on a bridge following a search of the water.

Police got the 911 call around 6:50 a.m. of a man jumping into the river from the Eighth Street bridge, Lt. Shawn Kudlacik told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

Return calls automatically went to voicemail, indicating that the caller had shut the cellphone off, he said.

Wallington and Lyndhurst dive teams were joined by firefigthers from East Rutherford, Garfield, Passaic and Rutherford but didn’t find anything.

As they were clearing the scene around 8:45, a Garfield firefighter aboard a boat reported seeing a suspicious man on the Eighth Street bridge in a black hoodie, jeans and a jacket that he’d removed.

“It just didn’t seem right to him,” Kudlacik said.

Wallington officers pinged the cellphone “and it came back to Eighth Street,” the lieutenant said.

The 36-year-old Hackensack man told police that he was “distraught over his current employment situation, but changed his mind,” he said.

They took him BRMC.

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