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Three save girl from jumping off of Mount Hope Bridge



Quick thinking and an act of bravery led to three men saving a girl’s life Sunday.

Mike Mello, who called Bristol Police and began recording after seeing what he thought was a couple arguing, quickly discovered the incident was much more serious.

“I stopped recording when I saw her look over the edge. I asked the man in front of me if he knew her and he said no. That’s when I got out. Myself, the man behind me and the man in front of me jumped out all at the same time. The man behind me ran and grabbed her as the other man and myself were on the ledge of the bridge holding onto her as she hung off of the bridge.”

It was at this time at approximately 10:00 p.m. that a Portsmouth police officer arrived to help the three pull her up and over to safety.

The incident was an incredible act of bravery, but Mello was modest about the incident.

“If it wasn’t for the two other men stopping and getting out, she would have never made it. I wish I had gotten their names. Not many people would have stopped and helped. It is nice to know that there are still good people in this world.”

Like those two men and Mike Mello.

Mike told us he is looking for the two men who helped him save the girl. If you have any information on the two men who helped Mike, contact us at

If you or someone you know is suffering from a mental health crisis and is in immediate danger, call 911.

You also can seek information and assistance through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255).

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