MPS’ Jill Hewitt ‘clings to stranger, prevents him from jumping off bridge’


Milwaukee Public Schools special education administrator Jill Hewitt likely helped save the life of a man she spotted on a bridge fence high above I-94 Sunday.

After seeing him, Hewitt, MPS’ Northwest Regional Coordinator for Specialized Services, went up to the bridge. She held onto the man, told him she loved him and shared stories of struggles in her own life.

Milwaukee Veterans Affairs police arrived at the bridge near the Milwaukee VA Medical Center soon after and pulled the man to safety, but as WTMJ-TV’s Charles Benson reported, “this rescue might not have been possible without the compassion and patience of a woman determined not to let the man jump.”

Read more and see video from WTMJ-TV here.