Man Recovered From Hudson River Identified as Ridgewood High Grad

Andrew Gramaglia, a former star athlete at RHS and former Ramapo College student, jumped from the George Washington Bridge on May 9, the Port Authority has confirmed.

Authorities have recovered the body of a former star athlete at Ridgewood High School who jumped from the George Washington Bridge on May 9.

Andrew Gramaglia, 20, was a 2010 graduate of and a captain of the wrestling team in his junior and senior years.

A spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on Thursday confirmed that Gramaglia was pulled from the river on Sunday.

Several people close to the investigation said Gramaglia's car was found on the Fort Lee side of the bridge with a suicide note inside.

The sources spoke on the condition their names not be used because they were not authorized to speak about the case.

The Ridgewood native also lettered in track and field during his time at RHS, and later joined the track and field team at Ramapo College. He had been attending Bergen Community College at the time of his death.

Gramaglia leaves behind his parents and two brothers.

Gramaglia is the second graduate of the RHS Class of 2010 to jump off the George Washington Bridge. Rutgers student Tyler Clementi committed suicide in September 2010 in a highly-publicized case that brought focus on bullying in schools.

A memorial service will be held for Gramaglia at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at in Ridgewood.

[Editor's note: This article was last updated at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24 to reflect comment by the Port Authority.]

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Jason D. May 27, 2012 at 11:00 AM
My heart goes out to his family and friends during this extremely rough time. Life is so short and fragile. Let's not debate here, instead go find someone you love and spend some quality time with them. RIP Andrew.
Wendy G May 27, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Ridgewood, (it appears to have changed), always kept things quiet and out of the news. I had sources, (in the 70's), that told me I would not believe how many people (adult, young adult, child), committ suicide in this town. But maybe, due to not wanting to embarrass the families, nothing was ever said. It is so sad that the dispair should become so overwhelming that life becomes unbearable. I know personally, as someone very close to me, due to his condition, has suicidal tendancies. You can't give pep talks, that "everything will be better etc." For us it takes a lot of praying together and calling upon the Angels for strength to get through another day. I pray for Andrew, his family and everyone. We have to spread the Love and not be afraid to do so. Because when it truly is the end, that is all there is. Just tell everyone you love them, before it is too late.
Abigail May 31, 2012 at 06:14 PM
i am one of andrews cousins and i would like to thank every one who says there sorry we are going through a really har time and that means a lot thanks.
CECE June 07, 2012 at 04:24 AM
Omggggggg!,,,,,, This was my cuzen ..... All I have is good memories about him!! Hope u in a better place... You will be misssed!! No family issues could erase that!! Much love rest in peace cuz ! :.(
Lisa Logan '79 June 20, 2012 at 07:47 PM
My heart breaks 4 everyone touched by Andrew's &Tyler's lives. I am from RHS's class of 79. My son is Class of 2010. A wave of suicides did happen in 1978.Teachers were amazing to us students. Re-Ridgewood Schools/Community "trying to cover up" what has happened - yes, you are right - they are keeping it quiet, but not for the sake of Ridgewood's reputation. They keep it quiet 1) out of respect for the families involved and 2) so other young, confused, unhealthy teens/young adults do not think, "Hey, they did it. So can I." WHAT I DO WISH THE RIDGEWOOD SCHOOL SYSTEM WOULD CHANGE IS... their syllabus for the health classes taught in middle school and high school. When my son was at RHS the health syllabus had 2 pages dedicated to teen pregnancy (not necessarily a big problem in Ridgewood). But nothing on mental health. All I could find was a sentence or two about suicide and related depression. Mental Health should be taught right beside physical health topics. From an early age our kids are taught about heart disease, good nutrition, importance of exercise, smoking and alcoholism... Where's the education on depression, mood swings, lack of impulse control and bipolar disorder? These are biological conditions that are all treatable. Ridgewood has many resources where you can get help. Kids should learn about depression, etc early in life. If they don't know what the symptoms are how can they ask for help?? I hope the Health Ed syllabus in Ridgewood has been updated by now.


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