The following were among actions taken by the Alexandria City Council at its May 22 meeting. For further information, call 838-4300.
SUICIDE RESPONSE TIME -- At the council meeting, Councilman T. Michael Jackson asked Alexandria Fire Chief Jack Beam what the city's policy is in responding to suicide attempts on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, which carries I-95 traffic across the Potomac River.
Jackson's said he was concerned about response time becuase of a suicide and two suicide attempts since April on or near the bridge.
Beam told Jackson that the normal procedure for a suicide attempt from the Wilson Bridge is for the victims to be brought to the Virginia shoreline under the bridge to be transported by an ambulance to the nearest hospital. Beam said the Alexandria Fire Department keeps a boat docked by the bridge during the summer boating season, which can be used to respond to any suicide attempt.
Beam said during the months that the boat is not docked near the bridge, emergency rescue teams from the District of Columbia or Prince George's County respond to suicide attempts either by helicopter or boat, or both. Beam said all three jurisdictions usually respond to suicide attempts from the bridge, and it is just a matter of which rescue team can get to the victim first.
In April a man was killed when he jumped off the Wilson Bridge and hit a concrete abutment before landing in the river.
On May 8, a 34-year-old West Virginia woman attempted to jump onto the Beltway from the South Washington Street bridge, just east of the Wilson Bridge. Two Alexandria police officers and a city paramedic were able to grab the woman just before she tried to jump.
A week later, a 37-year-old Baltimore County man, distraught over the recent death of his mother, jumped from the Wilson Bridge. He was rescued by the harbor unit of the D.C. Police and the Maryland State Police, then flown to Prince George's County Hospital Center, where he is still hospitalized.
APPOINTMENTS TO BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS -- The council appointed the following people to city boards, committees and commissions: John Komoroski to the Budget and Fiscal Affairs Advisory Committee, Carolyn Reosti to the Human Rights Commission, Anne Keith to the Waterfront Committee, and Brenda Purvis to the Pet Shop Appeals Board.