Tappan Zee Bridge rescuers recount plans to save protester

For the first responders who rescued a man who dangled himself off the Tappan Zee Bridge in protest today, some say they first found out about it while watching News 12's coverage.

"We didn't even get notified, we were watching News 12, my captain goes, you watching News 12," says Lt. James Luciano of the Westchester County Police Department.

Luciano was one of the responders who helped coordinate the plan to safely bring down Michael Davitt off the bridge.

Davitt was protesting the Rockland County government, including County Executive Scott Vanderhoef and the county Legislature.

Luciano says that there was concern for everyone's safety as Davitt did have a knife, but he never used it to attack anyone, including himself.

He says that the entire incident was very bizarre.

For extended Chopper 12 footage of Davitt dangling from the bridge, go to Channel 612 on your iO Digital cable box and select iO Extra.

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