PERTH AMBOY – The reports are brief but alarming.
Over the past seven years, Middlesex County 911 operators have fielded 81 calls from people concerned about others jumping off the Victory Bridge, which crosses the Raritan River from Perth Amboy to Sayreville. Sixty-three of those reports were made in the past two years. The latest was Saturday, when a substitute teacher and mother of three from Manalapan climbed over a rail and jumped. A suicide note was found in her car.
The calls come at all hours:
– 10:30 a.m., April 6, 2013:“ Male on southbound side of bridge standing on the ledge and holding a bottle of rum. States he is going to jump.”
– 1:43 p.m., April 30, 2013: “Call from female stating her male friend may be going to the bridge to hurt himself.
- 2:11 a.m., Oct. 14, 2012: “Caller states he received a call from his cousin crying and stating he’s going to jump off the bridge.”