Gorge Bridge Safety Network

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge - Taos, New Mexico

PLEASE SIGN THE RIO GRANDE GORGE SAFETY NETWORK PETITION TODAY AT CHANGE.ORGhttps://www.change.org/petitions/new-mexico-department-of-transportation-install-safety-barriers-on-the-rio-grande-gorge-bridge-in-taos-new-mexico-so-that-suicides-at-the-bridge-are-not-encouraged

Please Help Us Make The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge A Safer Place

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The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge is one of America’s highest and most famous bridges, the route 64 crossing of the Rio Grande near Taos, New Mexico was completed in 1965. It is 565 feet from road deck level to the normal surface level of the river. It is a popular scenic destination spot for tourists visiting the area, and unfortunately because the rails on the bridge are so low (only 47 inches high), it sadly has also become a popular destination for suicides. At last count, there were more than 100 suicides. Nothing has been done to make the bridge safer or to deter future suicides since it was built almost 50 years ago.

On the 29th of April, 2014, my beautiful son Cooper Beacom took his own life by jumping off the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. He was 23 years old. My 16 year old son Keaun, Cooper's best friend Bowdy, and I were there trying to rescue him. The three of us witnessed him jump over an inadequate railing. Cooper genuinely loved his family and friends, he was generous and caring, and not the type of person that anyone could have imagined would do this.  He was having a bad moment, and the bridge made the momentary thought of ending his life become a horrible reality, because there are not safety barriers and it was too easy to jump.  A split second bad decision ended his life. Words cannot explain the pain left behind from this tragedy.


(I wish to share my piece that I read at my son’s memorial please, click here to read).


In 2011, Jim Fambro, chief of the volunteer fire department in Taos, who recovers remains of these suicides, said by his own count in 2011, at least 117 people have jumped since his tenure began in 1984, and firefighters have had enough (read full story here).


We have formed the Gorge Bridge Safety Network in Cooper’s memory with hopes that we can make sure that better safety barriers are installed, to prevent more tragedies continuing on into our future. Attempts have been made in the past to get safety barriers added, but unfortunately none have succeeded.


Please become part of the solution today by signing our petition @ change.org, donating, volunteering, or helping to promote the cause. Please contact us if you have any questions.  We appreciate your support, and thank you for visiting our site.

 
40th Annual National Suicide Prevention Week Is
September 8th - 14th, 2014http://www.suicidology.org/resources/nspw

If You Are In A Crisis Please Call: 1-800-273-8255

We will soon be adding a timeline page to our website as a place to remember the people that have ended their life at the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. 
If you have a loved one who has ended their life at the bridge, and you would like to add their story to our web site, please contact us.
mailto:laura@gorgebridgesafetynetwork.org?subject=Rio%20Grande%20Gorge%20Bridge%20Timeline

Number of suicides at the Gorge Bridge since Cooper’s on April 29,  2014:  2 more

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NEW MEXICO SUICIDE HOTLINE, CALL LAURA ROBINSON

1-855-NMCRISIS (1-855-662-7474)