Nicholas Doddo ’17 swears he’s not a hero. But what other word could you use to describe him after his quick thinking and instant reaction saved a man’s life? Nicholas, a management major in the Barney School of Business, was driving home to South Orange, N.J., from Connecticut on Friday, July 15. He was sitting in near standstill traffic on the Tappan Zee Bridge, a 293-foot structure that crosses the Hudson River in New York at one of its widest points. Suddenly, he saw a young man running full speed toward the side of the bridge. Without hesitation, Nicholas threw his car into park and sprinted across the highway after him.
“As I got closer, I realized he wanted to jump. He was straddling a barrier about six or seven feet off the ground,” Nicholas recalls. “He was just beginning to roll over the side when I grabbed him by his belt loop and the back of his shirt.” Nicholas placed the visibly distraught man on the ground and stayed with him until authorities arrived. He later learned the 21-year old man was on his way to a rehabilitation center.