2004-01-23 / Community

Neighbor Says ‘Jumper’ Story Incorrect

By Howard Schwach
Neighbor Says ‘Jumper’ Story Incorrect By Howard Schwach

A neighbor of Mariana Ramirez, the woman who police and fire department sources say was pulled to safety from her seventh-floor perch at 81-10 Rockaway Beach Boulevard last week, says that the official story is all wrong.

Wilfredo Gomez, a long-time neighbor of the 62-year-old Ramirez in the Hammel Houses building, came to The Wave on Monday morning to "set the record straight." Gomez says that the official report is wrong in a number of respects. Police sources, for example, noted that Ramirez is a "recent immigrant," while Gomez says that she is Puerto Rican and has been in Rockaway for many years.

"She had called her daughter and her daughter had hung up on her," Gomez says. "She thought that nobody loved her anymore and she went out and laid down on the window ledge."

While fire officials say that two firefighters broke down the door and pulled her from the ledge, Gomez argues that she had already come back into the apartment and was opening the door when firefighters broke it down and grabbed her.

""She was laying on the air conditioning bracket," Gomez says. "I yelled to her inside the apartment and she told me that nobody loved her. I told her that I loved her and that she should come back inside.

She was coming to open the door when it was broken down."


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