Man Jumps to Death Off Brooklyn Bridge

The helicopters hovering above Brooklyn Heights this morning signaled that something out of the ordinary was happening nearby. As many Brooklynites tweeted and news sources reported, traffic on the Manhattan bound side of the Brooklyn Bridge was halted due to a police action.

NY Post: The 19-year-old was threatening to jump from the Brooklyn-bound roadway around 7:20 a.m. when emergency workers responded to the call, said a spokesman for the FDNY.

All bridge traffic was shut down in both directions to pedestrians and cars, cops said.

The man jumped about 30 minutes later from the Brooklyn side of the bridge and landed in the rear of the River Cafe, police sources said.

A BHB reader adds his first hand account:

I was jogging this morning in Brooklyn Bridge Park and saw someone jump off the top of the Brooklyn Bridge. There were police boats, a helicopter and fire trucks everywhere and a team of first responders was trying to make its way up the cable to reach the person but they couldn’t get there in time. He was on the top of the suspension tower closest to Brooklyn.

After similar events earlier this year, we invited Brooklyn Heights resident Jason Hershberger, MD Chief of Psychiatry, Downstate Long Island College Hospital (LICH) to write a guest blog for BHB on depression and its warning signs. He wrote:

Suicide is the most frightening and dangerous symptom of depression. Eleven in 100,000 Americans die of suicide each year, making it the 10th leading cause of death in our country. For young people ages 15-24 suicide is the third leading cause of death. The major risk factor found in the majority of suicides is major depression followed by the combination of depression with alcoholism.

The Department of Psychiatry at Downstate Long Island College Hospital includes inpatient, outpatient and emergency psychiatric services. For physician referral please call (888) 270-SUNY(7869), or visit www.downstate.edu/LICH.

Image via Aimee Groth

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  • Still Here

    My wife heard the sirens and then watched from our window as she saw a man literally running up the cables to the top of the East tower. You could see him cleary on top. We both watched as the police and FDNY arrived. The police started their ascent to top. We have witnessed jump attempts in the past, but this person seemed very frantic. The police had a ways to go. The man then started running in circles aound the top, hesitating at times at the south edge, and then he ran and just lept. It was just horrifying.

  • Boerum Bill

    Probably couldn’t get a table at Iris.

  • harumph

    Homer, can we retract Boerum Bill’s comment please?

  • Bob Sacamano

    Why do they waste first responder resources on these people? If this a person wants to kill themselves then let them go ahead and do it. Just have someone pick up the body and take it to the morgue and move on. At least the person wasn’t a complete failure and was able to succeed at something.

  • Leila Rose

    Really, Bob? You’re a sad individual.

  • carlmanning

    I wonder if bob would say those same words if this event were to take place with a family member or a person he is very close to either emotherally and psychologically.

  • Boerum Bill

    Sorry, harumph, but I knew Bob was going to trump me in bad taste.

  • Gerry

    Early this morning I was on my way to swim at Asphalt Green about 510am I saw a guy walking on the roadway of the Brooklyn Bridge I made sure to stay clear of him I did not want to hit him – it must have been that pathetic self absorbed person.

    Suicide is a very selfish end this guy has a mother, father, others who love him they are devastated and I feel very sadl for those people not this self absorbed jumper.

    How could he do this to his family, etc.?

  • Bob Sacamano

    Someone please tell me why I should care if someone wants to kill themselves? It’s their life they can do what they please.

  • Bob Sacamano

    Boerum Bill – You didn’t know dick. This isn’t a competition.

  • Mr. Crusty

    Bob, mental illness is like any other illness. Would you express similar nasty comments regarding life saving efforts for someone dying of heart disease or cancer?

    Gerry you calling someone self-absorbed is truly special.

    My thoughts are with this person’s family.

  • Bob Sacamano

    Having a heart attack or cancer is something totally different because typically the person does not want to die. This person did. So what do I care? Go ahead. Why does it bother others that I do not feel compassion for most people?

  • Mr. Crusty

    That’s one of the definitions of being a psychopath Bob, but I’m not wasting any more time on an obvious troll.

  • http://Bk,HgtsBlog George

    In the Bible, John 13:27. Jesus Says to Judas (that guy that was to betray him) KJV “That thou doest, do quickly” We also are told that after his act of betrayal Judas committed suicide. Why was Jesus silent about Judas’s impending act of suicide?

  • The saddest thread ever

    I am shocked at the lack of sympathy I have read here. People who kill themselves are usually suffering terribly from mental illness. Mental illness is as real as cancer or heart disease – a chemical imbalance in the brain. If you have know families left behind by suicide you would know the horrible loss they endure, always questioning if there was something more they could have done.

  • bronxkid

    That poor young man. To be driven to such despair. How sad for him, and for his family and friends.

  • Brooklyn Mom

    I lost my son to suicide in March. My heart, prayers, and tears are with this young man’s family and friends.

  • shamrock

    My deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of the deceased.

  • Gerry

    Looks like most all sympathy goes to this young guys family.

    One could argue that suicide is a valid choice that one has the right to committ suicide?

    Again we feel sadly about this the young guys family, his mother, father, all the people who cared about him.

  • Henry

    Why do we assume that someone is mentally ill because he/she wants to kill him/her self. For all we know that person could be in severe pain from a debilitating or incurable disease.

    Maybe the person on the bridge was former aspiring diver and wanted to go out in style. In any event he achieved success and maybe it was even a 10 point dive. Congratulations, I am pleased he is taking up temporary space in the morgue rather than in an institution at society’s expense; possibly for decades.

  • Jason Hershberger, M.D.

    I am so sorry to hear about this tragedy. Suicide is a catastrophic way to die, and one that deeply effects people in expected and unexpected ways. What a terrible loss of a young man who should have had many more years with us.

  • Brooklyn Mom

    Amen – thank you Dr. Hershberger

  • Lady in the Heights

    If someone is so desperate that they want to end their own life, I would suggest that severe depression is at play, no matter what the cause. Depression is a mental illness.

  • DIBS

    Quoting the bible to reinforce your view is pretty pathetic, George. You’re the type that my Republican party shouldn’t cater to.

  • http://www.russellboebert.com NYCHooligan

    Why do we assume he had friends and family that cared so much about him? That would be ideal, right? Perhaps one of the reasons he threw himself to his death was because nobody gave a shit about him. Who knows….

  • Reasonable

    Depression is the worse of all possible illnesses. This is all very sad.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlsiLOnWCoI Arch Stanton

    Bob Sacamano
    “Why do they waste first responder resources on these people?”
    Because that’s what they are paid to do, save lives. In the case of suicide it’s not only the life of the victim but others that maybe hurt or killed in the act. But you didn’t think of that because clearly, you are an imbecile.

  • Bob Sacamano

    Arch – Why don’t you go jump off a bridge? All I know now is that the guy is dead and the traffic has cleared. We can now move on with our lives.

  • Brooklyn Mom

    Enough. Hug your loved ones and be kind to one another

  • dobrorocks

    Wow; it is sad to see people react so harshly to the fact that a man took his life. I lost someone to suicide too. If someone is driven to suicide, that is a scary choice they have made.

    People waste so much energy being negative on the internet and the real world. It is so much better to love than to hate.

    Brooklyn Mom is right. Go hug someone you know, or your cat or dog.