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April 15, 2013

Verrazano Narrows Bridge Jumpers



I hate hearing on the news that someone has jumped from our bridge, the Verrazano. How did these people get so far in their thinking that they thought no one cared if they jumped? People care. If you don’t realize that, come over to my house. There’s always plenty of family here. Lee will cook you some good food. I’ll put on the tunes. You can play with our puppy and life will feel better. I’m serious about your coming over, but if you don’t want to call The Samaritans (212) 673-3000  *There are six telephones on the bridge*



June 1, 2019 – A man jumped from the lower bridge this evening. His body was recovered in the water below the bridge. See here


May 21, 2019 – Simona E. Aguilar, a 37-year old woman died today after jumping from the Verrazzano Bridge – See here


May 10,2019 – A 35 year old man  jumped from the bridge and died. See here


April 2019 – A 79 year old man was saved by a state trooper – see story


March 2019 – A man named Issac tried to jump from the bridge. Anthony was able to stop him. Thank God!


December 2018 – Verrazano Bridge incident which was stopped by good Samaritans.




September 29, 2018 – A woman was about to jump from the Verrazzano Bridge, but was saved by a MTA bridge and tunnel worker who was able to talk to the woman.  We found out about this on June 1, 2019 – story here


June 5, 2018 – A person attempted to jump from the lower bridge, but was saved. 






April 17, 2018 – A 30-something year old man was hanging from the side of the bridge. Emergency response team saved him. Thank God.


March 30, 2018 – Szymon Hasiak, age: 22 jumped off the lower level of the bridge. Body not found (car left on the bridge).  Info


March 1, 2018 – A  man was on the bridge and thinking about jumping, but the police were able to help him down.


November 26, 2017 – A man got out of his car and was on the Verrazano Narrows Bridge today after 5 pm. He was seen hanging from the bridge before 6 pm.  Around 8:40 pm, the NYPD rescued him


November 13, 2017 – David Mahoney, a 63 year old Staten Island resident jumped from the bridge. RIP.


October 9, 2017 – A 36 year old man attempted to jump from the Verrazano Bridge. He spoke with the police and was then taken to Maimonides Hospital. Thank God he is alive. 


September 20, 2017 – There were reports of someone being up on the bridge late at night, but the police didn’t find anyone. 


September 14, 2017 – Man attempted to jump, but rescued by the NYPD – thank God.



August 2, 2017 – A man has been on the Verrazano Bridge for over five hours. Finally, they were able to get him back inside. He abandoned his car on the bridge at 845 am.  He hasn’t decided if he wants to live so he is hanging outside of the lower part of the bridge.  Story and pictures here


July 2017 – Two people attempted to jump from the Verrazano, but were both saved. See story here


May 7, 2017 – Jason Dickinson, a 37 year old veteran with NJ plates and a Connecticut license jumped.


August 30, 2016 – 37 year old male jumped from the Brooklyn side of the Verrazano and died


August 22, 2016 – A 17 year old from Brooklyn phoned police and told him that he was going to jump from the Upper Level of the bridge. Police went and picked him up. On October 5, 2016, the same teen, Daniel Lomtevas committed suicide and jumped from the George Washington Bridge.


August 4, 2016 -Joshua Milinazzo, 27 year old Staten Island man jumped from the bridge.  Police were not able to locate his body until 4 days later. They found his car with the note on the bridge and towed it.  Milinazzo was the father of two beautiful children.


June 2016 -A man attempted to jump, but was talked down by some good people and this EMT worker.  


May 2016 – Two officers are able to save a 27 year old man from jumping. I’m glad he was saved because he is young and has a lot of living to do still.  Thank God.


April 23, 2016 – A man used the phone on the Verrazano Bridge because he needed help. Crisis averted. Thank God.  On the same day, 31 year old, Jeff Hardy jumped from the Brooklyn Bridge and survived. 


July 2015 –  Two men stopped a man from jumping. Thank God – I am always glad to write that!



April 2015 – Man went to jump from the Brooklyn side of the bridge, but was stopped. Thank God. 


February 2015 – Man saved from jumping.




January 22, 2015 – Laura Fasano, 37 of Staten Island jumped and survived, but died later in the hospital. More here and here


January 2014 – Ellen McGuire Payne, 45 from New Jersey. Her story here. Obituary here. Very sad – mother of three.  More here


November 2013 – Cops save a man who was going to jump. Thank God.


September 2013 – Michael Caiazzo, 29, electrician from South Beach, Staten Island  jumped, survived, but later died in the hospital. (See here) The next day, a 62 year old man also made an attempt at jumping, but police were able to stop him (more info here)


May 31, 2013 – Reported on June 3, 2013 – A man’s suicide was diverted – see here


April 2013 – Helicopters swooned in and covered the area. I couldn’t figure out what they were looking for as they were  just a few blocks from my home. Susan Toth of  Bay Ridge  jumped from the bridge. They just found her body on the Staten Island side of the Bridge. Ms. Toth was 52 years old.  RIP.


3/28/13 –  Angelo Biondo 58 years old and an owner of a Park Slope dog training business jumped


1/2/13  – 24 year old Canarsie man  jumped. The car was left on the bridge and people saw him jump. (more here)


10/14/12 – Long Island Attorney, Lawrence Youshah – 43 years old SURVIVED the jump


July 2012 – Asian man talked down from the bridge  (see rescue video here) Another video here





6/28/12 – a 33-year-old man died hours after he leaped from the bridge. He left a 6-page suicide note behind.


6/8/12 – Benny Guzman, 46 years old and a Brooklyn resident jumped from the bridge


5/27/12  Joseph Battista, 54-year-old Sanitation worker from Todt Hill (Staten Island)  jumped  from the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.  


4/2012  Alexsandr Skor, 51 year old Staten Island resident attempted to jump from the bridge, but police saved him. Thank God for this miracle.


4/4/12 Police stop a 41 year old man from jumping off the bridge.


In February 2012,  statistics showed: “On average, the Verrazano sees about two suicides a year, and between four and six attempts foiled by officers patrolling the bridge. (source


1/25/12 – Andre Carrasco, a 27 year old  father of 6  jumped on the Brooklyn side. His niece wants fences installed on the bridge to stop people from being able to stop on the Bridge. His niece, Jessica Suero petitions for a fence around the bridge.


12/27/11 – Eric Suarez – 44 years old jumped from the SI side 


The web wasn’t used for news as much as it is now, so I don’t think we have all the stories here:


10/2008 – Daniel Mills, 67 years old was the owner of Farrell’s Bar. He jumped from the bridge as he was terminally ill.


9/22/08 – Arkady Adler, 33 years old from Brooklyn  jumped from the upper level shortly before 10 p.m.


11/14/07 – George Siozos, 27 jumped from the upper-level of the Verrazano Bridge


9/9/05 – A 41 year old  Staten Island man, John Hoke jumped off the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at 4:20 a.m.


8/3/04 – Gerard Tarter, a 44 year old Staten Island man jumped from the bridge.


6/8/01 – A 42 year old  Brooklyn man, Raymond Ramos  jumped around 7 a.m.


1/1995 – Twenty-nine year old, Connie Mercure jumped from the bridge after she and her boyfriend broke up before the holidays. Mercure survived the jump. She had a broken leg and hypothermia.


1/2/89 – Maria Lynn Bertolini – 22 years old – jumped and survived the jump. 


* Only three people have survived after jumping from the Verrazano Narrows Bridge  –  Maria Lynn Bertolini (22 years old in 1989- info here),  a college student in 1975 (source) and Lawrence Youshah – in October 2012 survived the jump



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