A RIKERS Island security guard who served as a Justice Department official for more than a decade died Friday after jumping off the Verrazzano-Narrows bridge.
Cops say Edward Roman, 38, jumped around 6:30 a.m. His death came as officials called for reforms in New York’s prisons.
Cops said Roman was pulled from the water by the US Coast Guard. He was later pronounced dead at Staten Island University Hospital, according to the Staten Island Advance.
Benny Boscio, president of the Benevolent Association of Correction Officers, cited the stressors and working conditions facing correctional officers in a statement regarding Roman’s death.
“Prison Officer Roman was well liked and respected by his peers. He had his whole life and career ahead of him,” Boscio said.
“This tragedy is also a solemn reminder of the tremendous amount of stress corrections officers face on a daily basis. The deteriorating conditions in our prisons are not just affecting inmates.
“Our officers go to work every day not knowing if they will return home the same way they left. They go to work every day not knowing if they will miss time with their loved ones because they are forced to work double or triple shifts. ”
The incident comes just a day after New York City Mayor Eric Adams signed an executive order seeking solutions to staffing problems and conditions in city jails.
A commission will work to resolve these issues, led by attorney Brendan McGuire and Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Phil Banks.
“I call on the newly formed Rikers Task Force to immediately address the psychological toll this job is taking on my members and provide them with more access to counseling and other support services,” Boscio said.
“Our hearts are broken and our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Officer Roman and his colleagues. We will do everything we can to support them during this painful time.”
Roman was from Long Island and joined the Department of Corrections in December 2011.
“Edward Roman served this city and this department with honor as a Correctional Officer for 10 years,” said DOC Commissioner Louis Molina.
“Our sincere condolences go to his family and loved ones. We had prayed for his recovery and now this tragic loss will be felt across the agency.”
Other officers were hit hard by the news of Roman’s death.
“We can never get anything right, we’re always working and we never see our kids,” an official told Yahoo News.
“At least in the NYPD you can get some fresh air and go to Starbucks.”
The DOC said it provides consulting services to its employees.
A number of tributes in Roman’s honor have surfaced on social media.
NYCD Boldest Football wrote: “This morning in a tragic event we lost one of our own. Former Boldest Football Correctional Officer Edward Roman, we would like to extend our condolences and deepest sympathy to his family at this time.”
“It is with great sadness that we learned today of the death of Correctional Officer Edward Roman of North Infirmary Command.
“May you RIP, we would like to offer prayers and condolences to all of Officer Romans’ family friends and associates at this difficult time! Our hearts are with you,” wrote the New York City DOC Hispanic Society.
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