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  1. Kevin Brown

    The recent death of Mr. Cooper at the Quechee Gorge is a sad tragedy. However, what is equally sad is the tragedy that has occurred for the past several years by the elected politicans in Vermont regarding the possible prevention of bridge jumping suicides in Quechee. Several years ago I read of a young person found at the bottom of the gorge who had jumped from the bridge and it made me think of possible solutions to prevent future suicides. I recommended to several Vermont legislature Senators and Representatives that signs be posted at the gorge to encourage persons contemplating suicide to seek help. Such signs would list the number of the Nation Suicide Hotline (1-800-273-TALK (8255)) and would be posted on both ends of the bridge to encourage persons to reach out for help. The National Suicide Hotline is a 24/7 free and confidential, nationwide network of crisis centers that provides crisis intervention to those who call. The posting of these signs is no guarentee that individuals will not continue down a path of destructive behavior. However, the installation of signs can be a cost effective prevention measure that saves lives and one that we can all be proud of.

    Kevin M. Brown
    Quechee, VT and West Springfield, VA

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