Rikers Correction Guard Jumps To His Death


May 14, 2022

By: Mary Moore

Rikers Island correction guard Edward Roman, 38, jumped to his death Friday from the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge around 6:30 a.m.

The US Coast Guard pulled Roman’s body from the water. He was transported to the Staten Island University Hospital and later pronounced dead.

The motive may have been the stress of the intense nature of work related to the job. 

Benny Boscio, president of the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association released a statement following Roman’s death.

“Correction Officer Roman was well-liked and respected by his fellow officers. He had his whole life and career ahead of him,” Boscio said.

Benny Boscio, president of the Correction Officers' Benevolent Association, highlighted the pressures and working conditions that correction officers experience. 

Boscio said “Correction Officer Roman was well-liked and respected by his fellow officers. He had his whole life and career ahead of him,” Boscio. “This tragedy is also a solemn reminder of the enormous stress correction officers face on a daily basis. The worsening conditions in our jails doesn’t just affect the 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 a double or triple shift.”

Just a day ago Mayor Eric Adams signed an executive order to combat the working conditions in city jails.