By Trudi Cunningham
Anyone who reads this column must know that there are times when I do refer to my association with the Elizabeth Reporter. It was a volunteer job by all involved and I believe a challenge, but enjoyed, at least on my part. It was something I was a part of for 13 years because I had retired and was at loose ends.
Now I’m thinking of the loss of the person who fell from the Throgs Neck Bridge on Friday the 30th of March. What an absolute tragedy! It does bring to mind, when my husband was involved in the B and O span over the Arthur Kill by the Goethal’s Bridge to connect Staten Island and Elizabeth.
The bridge at that point, was and may still be the largest vertical lift span in the world to replace the steam operated swing bridge in the middle of that waterway. The span was prefabricated by the American Bridge Co., where a Native American fell from the top of the structure to his death on the frozen ground in February 1959. On completion, it was floated to its location on barges on Memorial Day of that year.
The reason I’m writing this, is because I had a retired fireman brother-in-law who was employed there and stationed in a rowboat in the event one of the workers on the structure might fall into the water. I cannot visualize the situation that happened as I previously mentioned, and the breaking of that person’s harness. Remembering my husband’s reaction over the death of that iron worker was absolutely devastating and I have never forgotten. You can never know what the end of a day may bring, and that’s a proven fact.
As a last comment, I would like to remind people to be aware of their surroundings as to what is happening in your neighborhood that seems to be escalating in certain instances. When in doubt, check it out.
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