2004-01-16 / Front Page

Woman Threatening To Jump Pulled From Ledge

By Howard Schwach
Woman Threatening To Jump Pulled From Ledge By Howard Schwach

A woman standing on the window ledge of her seventh floor apartment at 81-10 Rockaway Beach Boulevard in the Hammels Houses, threatening to jump to her death, was pulled to safety by a team of police officers and firefighters on Tuesday morning.

Firefighter Brian Gallagher from Ladder 121, one of the first units on the scene, told reporters, "She was standing on the ledge, totally out the window. We knew we had to do something, because she was totally distraught."

The woman, identified by official sources as 62-year-old Mariana Ram irez, a recent immigrant, was reportedly depressed because she believed that her family had deserted her and because she was being asked to move to another apartment in the complex.

Police Officers Emmolo and Falsitta, on patrol in the 100 Precinct, were the first on the scene.

PO Falsitta attempted to use his broken Spanish to speak with the woman from the ground, but she was reportedly too distraught to react to the police officer’s words.

The fire companies arrived as the police officers were attempting to calm her down and get her to go inside the apartment.

While Firefighters Vaccaro and Abbott set up the ladder truck’s bucket in an attempt to get to her, two other firefighters, Gallagher and Rich Nash, rushed up the seven flights of stairs and stood outside the apartment.

The firefighters asked a neighbor in the hall to attempt to get Ramirez to come back into the apartment.

Moments later the two got a message from the ground that Ramirez had taken a tentative step back towards safety.

They broke open the apartment door and rushed inside.

"I grabbed her, pulled her in from the window and held her," Gallagher said. "She was holding on to me as tightly as I was holding on to her."

Ramirez was taken to Peninsula Hospital Center for observation.

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