Update: Man Dies in Apparent Suicide Jump from Tappan Zee Bridge

Body recovered at bridge pier by volunteer firefighters; one Tarrytown firefighter treated at Phelps after going into the water.

Editor's Note: article updated at 10:18 a.m.

A man jumped to his death from the Tappan Zee Bridge early Friday morning in an apparent suicide, according to police.

State Police discovered an unoccupied car on the southbound side of the center span about 4 a.m., and rescue crews were called out to investigate a possible jumper.

Volunteer firefighters operating from rescue boats on the Hudson River discovered the victim on a bridge pier on the Westchester side of the bridge. Nyack volunteer firefighters were the first to reach the scene with their rescue boat.

Tarrytown Police Lieutenant William Herguth reported that at 4:18 a.m. marine units established operation as a "recovery" rather than a "rescue." Police said the body was removed and taken ashore in Tarrytown and then taken to the Westchester County Medical Examiner's Office.

Central Nyack Fire Chief Mike Healy said firefighters performed CPR on the victim as he was being transported by boat to the shore in Westchester.

The emergency response efforts included: Westchester County Department of Emergency Services; Tarrytown and Irvington Marine Units; Nyack and Piermont fire department rescue boats; Rockland County paramedics; Tarrytown and Greenburgh EMS; New York State Police and Tarrytown Police.

The age and identity of the victim were not yet available. Tarrytown's new fire chief, Eugene Gasparre, sworn in only April 6, said the identity of the victim was known but couldn't yet be released as all information was on "lock-down" with the State Police.

During the recovery effort, a Tarrytown firefighter slipped from the bridge pier and fell into the river. Andrew Wilgermein was transported by ambulance to to be evaluated because of the temperature of the water, Herguth reported.

At 10:25 a.m., Phelps spokesperson Tina Dorfman reported that Wilgermein had been treated and released.

"It's always dangerous going out onto the river," Gasparre said. An event like this in the early morning hours, he said, "catches you by surprise."

George Datino April 20, 2012 at 11:12 AM
Very sad. Not sure what it is about this particular bridge that seems to attract jumpers (There doesn't seem to be as many from all the other bridges in the NY Metro area). I know the replacement bridge is being "fast-tracked" but I hope they take the time to design it in a way that would help inhibit jumpers from being successful. Though I guess it would be almost impossible to stop someone who is really determined.
Theresa Orsogna April 20, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Know someone who jumped and died on the Tap. God bless his troubled soul. Can we do anything on the new construction to help prevent these determined people. The Tap has a bad record for this.
Ashley Elam April 20, 2012 at 01:25 PM
How sad. I had a former classmate who jumped off this very same bridge a few years ago. May his soul find peace.
Theresa Orsogna April 20, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Ashley - he is at peace! God bless him too.
Mary Koshak April 20, 2012 at 02:25 PM
What happened to the other comments and replys that were posted? The poster was not a nice person and people should see what she had to say.
Clarice April 20, 2012 at 02:33 PM
I also hope that something is done with the construction of the new bridge to make it less appealing to people who are suicidal, this would be a small cost in the scheme of things. I would also like to thank all the many volunteers who risk their lives every time a situation like this occurs. What would we do without them? THANK YOU!
Michael Woyton (Editor) April 20, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Can we stick to the topic, sad as it is, people? Thanks.
Just Another Westchesterite April 20, 2012 at 02:44 PM
you are one angry and sick pup LaMigra
Kevin Zawacki (Editor) April 20, 2012 at 02:48 PM
This is a tragedy, and any comments that use the incident as a political talking point violate Patch's terms of service—and will be deleted. Many thanks for complying.
Mary Koshak April 20, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Thank you Kevin.
stephany April 20, 2012 at 06:01 PM
During the recovery effort, a Tarrytown firefighter slipped from the bridge pier and fell into the river. Andrew Wilgermein was transported by ambulance to Phelps Memorial Hospital to be evaluated because of the temperature of the water, Herguth reported. how do those people that go into the freezing river in the dead of winter survive the first time they do it if this guy had to go to the hospital to be evaluated. I am sure there had to be blankets available in case the jumper was not dead--which was impossible imo.138+ feet onto cement-come on.
william hart April 20, 2012 at 10:41 PM
agree it is sad, not sure changing the bridge will reduce or eliminate the risk that someone who is bent on self-destruction will reconsider. it is terribly hard for those who are left- guilt, wondering if they missed or ignored warning signs, etc.
Geeta Lall April 20, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Its a peaceful bridge..maybe they think they will find eternal peace..I hope they do.
Susan April 21, 2012 at 05:10 AM
My heart breaks for the family this young man left behind being a mom of 3 it breaks my heart to hear about anyone yet someone soooo young to feel so bad to do this. My prayers are with his family
lbg April 21, 2012 at 06:10 PM
May his soul rest in peace. My prayers and condolence to his family.
Albert Boddie April 21, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Suicide is a tragic end for anyone who has lost all hope and perspective of the emotional demon following them. The bridge is yet another vessel that an individual uses. I only hope and pray that the individual does not carry it / them into the after life existence. My prayers also go out to the family friends and love ones who must carry on suffering the unknown and loss.
Nicholas cass April 21, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Great kid was a childhood friend, everybody loved him, very sad for his family and friends thank you all for the blessings, let his souls Rest In Peace, love you DJ..
Ross Revira April 22, 2012 at 03:19 PM
What is unbelievable is the Journal News report of a construction worker on the bridge who told the jumper there was no parking on the span before he jumped. He then got back into his car and pulled over further down the bridge and jumped. What planet was the construction worker on. I hope his job does not entail anything that requires more than a 5 year old's intelligence.
andreana April 22, 2012 at 08:49 PM
This bridge is a death trap, people really are coming from all over to jump, take it the hell down it's cursed
Dana B. May 01, 2012 at 06:01 PM
they remove any comments that are not appropriate.
HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller May 25, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Ladies and Gentlemen! Yes! it is very sad . . . but [ever thought] why and how many "people" since the Year 2009 to this one have jumped or killed themselves in Rockland County. I think a PERSON HAS TO BE VERY STRONG to handle what transpires in The County of Rockland, The State of New York. If THE DOJ conducts a RESEARCH REPORT how much intimidation is parvalent over here with a few "skunks" well connnected in almost every corner of this County! All needs to be done is connect the dots! - It's really Shocking! Many people can't handle or standup that much misrable they do their best to make for others! May be they are living in a "secret society" tradition! But! an intellegent analyst is the one who can see within a split of a second the conduct and behavoiur . . .The Cat is out of the bag! The Rats may run soon to England! HABIBHASAN-An Amercican Storyteller
HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller May 25, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Why did HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller specifically mentioned 2009? Well! Stay Tuned! This is CNN . .. [with 499,657] Viewers! Can you imagine! The Federal Law will prevail! HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller
mike in yonkers July 08, 2012 at 05:50 AM
the patch should post their IP address if it is particular vile hate speech, racial posts. People would learn real quick it is hard to be anonymous on the net, even in libraries the time and day. People could note if the person came back again to repeat their cowardice and hate speech


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