2016-04-13 / Front Page

Lifesaving Prosecutors Hailed

By Liz Goff
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown last week offered congratulations to three Queens prosecutors who saved the life of a distraught man on April 1.

Brown said Assistant District Attorney (ADA) Andrea Mauro was leaving Borough Hall at about 1 p.m. on April 1 when she spotted a man in his “late 50s, early 60s” tying one end of a rope to a tree – and the other end around his neck.

Mauro, along with ADA’s Jason Trager and Gabriel Mendoza grabbed the man as the rope tightened, Brown said. Mendoza then untied the rope from the tree as Mendoza removed the rope from the man’s neck.

“The man collapsed on the ground, crying, gasping for air,” Trager said. “We are relieved that we were able to get him down from the tree in time. It was very sad and shocking,” Mendoza said.

The distraught man was taken to a local hospital for observation and treatment of injuries he suffered in the incident, a fire spokesperson said.

“The Assistant District Attorneys in this office do a tremendous job each day of seeking justice for victims of crime, but these three prosecutors went above and beyond the call of duty by stepping up to save a man who was obviously distraught and in desperate need,” Brown said. “I am extremely proud of their actions.”

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