John Tumpane knew something wasn’t right.
Hours before he was to serve as the home plate umpire for the Pirates-Rays game on Wednesday, Tumpane was returning to his Pittsburgh hotel after a jog and some lunch when he noticed a woman climb over a railing on the Roberto Clemente Bridge over the Allegheny River.
He asked what she was doing. What follows is their conversation, as Tumpane recounted to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette after he helped prevent the woman from jumping off the bridge and ending her life.
“I just wanted to get a better look of the city from this side,” she replied, according to the umpire’s recollection.
“Oh no,” Tumpane said, hooking his arm around hers. “You don’t want to do that. It’s just as good over here. Let’s go grab some lunch and talk.”
“No, no, no,” she answered. “I’m better off on this side. Just let me go.”
“I’m not going to let …