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Family hopes suicide-prevention fence over gorge will help

October 22, 2018

QUECHEE, Vt. (AP) — The family of a man who killed himself by jumping from a Vermont bridge hopes a temporary fence being built on the bridge will prevent more suicides.

David and Regi Cooper tell Vermont Public Radio they didn’t think about suicide prevention much until their 21-year-old son, Derek, jumped to his death from the Quechee Gorge Bridge in 2011. The Coopers pushed for a fence at the bridge by contacting legislators and testifying at the Statehouse.

Construction on the fence started this week after a study commissioned by the state and delays. State officials say the Quechee Gorge Bridge will include a permanent suicide-prevention fence when it is rebuilt.

David Cooper says he likes to think that he and his wife’s efforts helped save one life.

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Information from: WVPS-FM, http://www.vpr.net