UPDATE: Waterloo Police said today that the 28-year-old man involved in the fall told police he wanted to die and jumped in a suicide attempt.
The man was from Winneshiek County.
WATERLOO, Iowa --- Emergency personnel responded to a man who apparently jumped from a downtown parking ramp Wednesday afternoon.
Witnesses said a man on the third level of the public parking garage on Park Avenue jumped to the street-level sidewalk below.
"He hit hard," said Donald Sparkman, who was standing at the corner of Lafayette Street and Park Avenue and saw the man fall.
David O'Malley, who was working in the alley next to the ramp on the Sycamore Street side of the structure heard the impact.
"I heard a big thump, and I heard someone screaming," O'Malley said. "It was a hell of a thud."
O'Malley rushed to the man's aid and could see he was injured.
"He told me he wanted to die," O'Malley said.
Sparkman and his brother, Brian Sparkman, also ran to assist.
"All he was doing was shaking in pain," Brian Sparkman said.
Vern Nelson, Jr. said he had earlier seen the jumper alone in the parking ramp walking slowly.
The man was conscious when he was taken from the scene to an area hospital.