A Port Authority police officer prevented a 57-year old homeless man from jumping off the George Washington Bridge on Thursday.
Unfortunately, this has not been an isolated situation in recent years. Reports say the GWB sees more attempts at suicide than other bridges in the area combined.
According to the New York Post, a record number of 18 people jumped from the George Washington Bridge to their deaths in 2012. The previous high was 13 people in 2010. A record 43 people made the attempt at suicide this year.
NorthJersey.com reported that Officers Raul Munoz and William Burke were able to handcuff the man on the south sidewalk midspan of the GWB. The unidentified man told the officers he was having a bad day.
It’s already been a bad year for GWB suicide attempts in 2013. In late May, another unidentified man jumped into the Hudson River, according to Metro. A Fire Department of New York boat discovered the body.
And according to the New York Daily News, police believed that College of New Jersey student Paige Aiello jumped from the GWB after her body was identified last month. Stress and high expectations in school were discussed as reasons for Aiello’s death.
Ashley Rittigano of Paramus, an intern for New York fashion designer Alex Woo, committed suicide from the GWB back in February. The New York Post reported that Riggitano, 22, jumped into the Hudson to her death midway in the Jersey-bound lanes of the upper level of the bridge, according to authorities.
The jump took place at about 4:40 p.m., in front of a number of witnesses. Rittigano was reported to have left a suicide diary, and had attempted it once before.
And the New York Post reported that Rutgers student Tyler Clementi leaped from the George Washington Bridge in 2010 after being taped with a male student in his dorm room. Talks about suicide and bullying rose up across the United States after Clementi’s death.
Maybe they need to start up again.