A deaf person who threatened to jump from a roof on Manhattan's Lower East Side Sunday was pulled to safety by two policemen as a friend communicated with the woman in sign language, authorities said.

Gladys Espinal, 22, threatened to jump off the roof of the 14-story building around 3:55 p.m., said Officer Peter Berry, a police spokesman.A friend of the Espinal's, Rhonda Rodriguez, tried to calm the woman by communicating with her in sign language, Berry said.

As the two were communicating, two specially trained Emergency Services Unit officers grabbed the girl and pulled her to safety, police said.