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Memorial Bridge Proposed to Promote Suicide Prevention on Freeway Overpass

Family of Louis Moreno, a Livermore man who fell to his death from the I-580 Airway Boulevard overpass in February 2011, launch online petition to name freeway over-crossing in his memory.

The family of a Livermore man who fell to his death onto Interstate 580 has started an online petition to get the Airway Boulevard overpass renamed to the "Louis A Moreno Memorial Bridge."

, 41, in February 2011 committed suicide by .

In addition to renaming the overpass, Moreno's family and friends would like to post a sign on the bridge with the suicide prevention hotline phone number.

"We want to help people so that this does not happen again," said his wife, Lisa Moreno.

For more information and to view the petition visit the Petition Site website.

::thumbs up:: June 08, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Agreed above, he needed help and it was not given. But his actions and memories do not justify a bridge named after him. How about after a policeman, fireman, military member or even a scientist who helped save lives. How about a long life tree in a park or downtown, where you could sit under the shade and remember all the good in his life. There could be a plaque and a bench. A lot more personable if you know what I mean. I dont think you'll sit on a bridge for those things. A suicide memorial bridge is a bad idea.
Mike S June 08, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Above you said, "Unless you were there, how do you know if he jumped or not?" Then you said, "Believe what you wanna believe, nub." Those are your comments. You also said, "it was never actually certain how he fell to his death "
J L June 08, 2012 at 04:51 PM
This family seems to be trying to get there "15 minutes of fame" because of Louis' suicide. Getting on Patch and telling everyone about all the deaths in your family and your battle with cancer is extremely narcissistic. Guess what, everyones family goes through the same things in some form or another, your family is no different. Believe it or not, the City of Livermore and the community would much rather treat this as an isolated incident and forget about it before they plaster signs and memorials all over that overpass.
ashley June 08, 2012 at 04:51 PM
MIke i bet you feel proud to be fighting with a young lady who has lost her father and uncle in the same year also just fought cancer and has survived and decide not to only live for herself but for her father that felt the world was better without him! all this family is trying to do is make it to where her father didnt die for no reason that because of his death others may be saved! My brother was suicidal and because of the prayer and help he has gotten he his here with us and others could be save with this now! so before you try stating your opinions truly think about the cause not just the name of the bridge! and lani i have signed the petition and will do anything to help with this cause so that it could maybe save other lives! even if this cause only makes one person rethink suicide and save someones life it will be worth it! For all the negitive people just think about it as if it could posibly save your mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, grandkids, or even best friends life because you dont know if they could be thinking the same as louis was that life wasnt worth living!
Livermore Resident June 08, 2012 at 04:55 PM
15 minutes of fame? Stupidest comment yet! Try RAISE AWARENESS for suicide prevention! @#$%^@&$*@!!!!!
salima S June 08, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Hi Lani I am so very sorry what you and your family are going through. I know first hand what you are going through and its tough. I've re-read my initial comments and I am sorry if I was hurtful in anyway to you or your family. You are right...we have no idea what was going on with your dad or what really happened. I didn't mean to judge him in any way. I realized that I have so much anger and sadness towards my family member who committed suicide that I may have transferred that anger on to your father...and that was wrong of me. It is obvious that he was a good man who just couldn't see his way out...or the light at the end of the tunnel. I agree with others...and you should do some kind of public speaking regarding the IMPACT of what suicide does to a family. I think you could reach a lot of young people who may not realize what suicide really does to their loved ones after they are gone. I think that for men in particular it's very hard to ask for help even though it is everywhere. They may feel it's a sign of weakness or that no one can help them. I sincerely believe that if my family member who committed suicide knew what would become our two families and especially his children...he wouldn't have done it. No way. God bless you and your family Lani.
ashley June 08, 2012 at 05:06 PM
DC its funny that you say he jumped so he should be called a jumper since your insensitive prick should we call you prick?
~RP June 09, 2012 at 04:35 PM
All, Instead of naming an overpass after Mr. Moreno why don't we (or Lani and family) do something even more memorable and powerful. Why not start an annual event like a run (like the hook and ladder for the burn victims) or walk (breast cancer awareness) that brings awareness to people that there is help out there and what those resources are in his name. Turn this tragedy into something more powerful that can helps others prevent this from happening. My opinion on this is suicide is that taboo topic in the room that we all think we understand, but we truly don't nor do we openly discuss it. Most of us have the preconceptions about it that were ingrained in our upbringings because it was not talked about. I have 2 friends that have lost loved ones and I still don't truly understand nor grasp the concept of the matter. Once we educate the masses about this I believe we will all better understand the ins and outs of this issue and make more informed decisions about it as a whole.
DC June 09, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Call me whatever you want. I'm not the one standing up for someone who abandoned his family. By the way, it's "since you're an insensitive pr*ck" - if you are going to insult someone, try to do it in a way that makes you look like you have more than a 6th-grade education.
ashley June 09, 2012 at 06:39 PM
He didnt abandoned his family! you dont know what was going through his mind in that moment in time! so dont try in act like you know anything about him or what he went through! and i called you and insensitive prick and im not gonna sugar coat it at all because you dont care about his family and dont deserve any ounce of respect!
DC June 09, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Ashley, I couldn't care less whether you sugar-coat anything, and I certainly don't care a bit as to whether you respect me or not. It isn't my job (or anyone else's, for that matter) to validate your opinions or expect you to validate mine. Your opinion doesn't matter to me either. I'm not obligated to sugar-coat the situation, nor do I have to just sit there with a serious look on my face and nod with some BS concern. You're building up a person who chose jumping over taking care of his family and supporting them when needed. Think his daughter would be better off with him here? So do I. He's robbed her of the paternal support she certainly deserves. I'd support naming the bridge after her LONG before I'd support naming it after him. And don't try to have it both ways. If he's not a jumper, why are you all focusing on suicide prevention? Why don't you put up a sign for people showing them how to walk over the overpass then? Naming bridges after people is for people who don't accidentally fall off bridges, nor are they for people who jump off them. They're for people that gave to others, loved others, took the hard path versus the easy way out, and went above and beyond. That doesn't apply here.
cc June 09, 2012 at 08:17 PM
~RP, very well said. I wholeheartedly agree. Great idea! My brother is a paranoid schizophrenic and both my mom & sister-in-law have attempted suicide many times. Mental illness is a tough topic to deal with and I think better to 'agree to disagree.'
Anne June 09, 2012 at 09:44 PM
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention sponsors Out of the DARKNESS Community Walks every year. Maybe the family, and others, would be willing to put their support behind bringing this type of event to our community. Joining forces and extending the reach of organizations with events already in place would be more beneficial than creating something new. http://www.outofthedarkness.org
Cherry June 10, 2012 at 04:44 AM
I do not support this Memorial Bridge.
Shawn June 10, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Just my humble opinion - I would say a sign with a suicide prevention slogan and number at or near the bridge would be fine. Though, I would be against the sign referring to Mr. Moreno. I would be against the bridge being deemed a memorial bridge. Reason being, I feel the bridge could become symbolic and possibly entice other individuals to use the location as a point to commit suicide.
Trevor Tooze June 10, 2012 at 03:28 PM
I lost a family member to suicide, and I my father served 3 years as a POW, fighting for our country. I would always give preference to naming the overpass to someone that did a heroic deed, such a was suggested by RP. As I said earlier. I can identify with this persons' parents, but still thin it is a bad idea.
sonja williamson June 10, 2012 at 04:07 PM
I like the idea of an annual walk, or fundraiser in Mr. Moreno's name that would help raise funds towards suicide awareness/prevention. Entice sponsors to participate.
Jenn June 10, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Everytime I read the comments after a serious story in The Patch I'm almost always embarrassed to say I'm from Livermore! I've lived in this town my entire life and I must say I'm very grateful not to have been around such hateful small minded people! I must have lived on the other side of town thank goodness! I went to school with with Lisa & my daughter is very good friends with Lani! None of you have any idea what Louis was going through right before his death or the circumstances surrounding the actual in incident! STOP judging people without all of the facts! Also, way to go upsetting a 16 year old girl by speaking poorly about her father! So pathetic
Ben Garst June 10, 2012 at 04:49 PM
I feel really bad for the family of this young man and know they will miss him for the rest of their life. I think that a bench downtown dedicated to him would be best because you could put additional information regarding suicide prevention etc. Information that he could be remembered for. An overpass , only will have his name and after a few weeks his cause will be forgotten. I am sorry.
Merenda June 10, 2012 at 11:53 PM
I agree with Kristin. we shouldn't call Louis a "jumper". He was a person! He was a great person in a troubled time in his life and had a decision made that put this in motion. Many of us went through school with him and knew him personally. But, calling him a "jumper" is rather insensitive. He STILL deserves the decency to be thought of as a kind person. He may have committed suicide, as many do BECAUSE they don't think there is another way for them. They don't think that in the moment of hasty thoughts, or even well thought out, that their death will "hurt" another person AS MUCH as THEY HURT! That's not selfish, that's a fact of illness, depression, despair. People in that emotion/situation should NOT be thought of ANY LESS! And, people in that situation don't "intentionally" want to hurt their family or firends. Their pain is so overpowering. I've known 4 people, including Louis AND My own BROTHER who died by their own hands. YOU do NOT KNOW what YOU will feel or do should it involve YOU! So, save the crass and heartless words, lest you eat them later. If ONE person can be saved by awareness that there is help out there, then what is the harm of at least posting a sign for that information somewhere? I'm not saying name the overpass after Louis, and I agree our veterans should be acknowledged for their sacrifices. But, WHAT IS THE HARM IN HELPING SAVE AT LEAST ONE PERSON if that's what a sign does?
DC June 10, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Stop judging without all of the facts? So you know what Louis was going through, I take it? Seriously - take your cliches and shove them where the sun doesn't shine. That BS line is always used by people who just don't want to hear criticism of their opinion, even while they themselves don't have ALL the facts. Guess what? None of us do, and therefore we make a judgement based on our real-world experience and belief systems. Sorry we don't all agree with you. As for upsetting a 16-year-old girl, perhaps the family should have considered that people might disagree before they dragged the situation out into the public eye. If you seek canonization, expect the resulting analysis of the request. A request which many of us think is not earned.
Merenda June 11, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Kudos for your comments, Lani!!!! And, I wish you well with your treatments and health. Tell your family hello for me. And, tell your grandpa I haven't forgotten about the photo's... I still haven't been able to find them. That happens after moving as much as I have. I WILL find them and drop them at Grandma's for ya'll as soon as I can. Take care sweetheart.
Cory Noltensmeier June 11, 2012 at 05:23 AM
I do not support anything in memory of someone committing suicide. Teach children that if you kill yourself people will honor you. Sorry not for it one bit. I feel bad for the family but not bad enough that a bridge, a bench or anything be named in his honor.
Mathew Mobley June 11, 2012 at 06:10 AM
i think there all bout poor me and selfish and looking for an easy way out. sorry it happens.. he put other motorist endanger. he deserves no honer. name that bridge after some one who helped many..
Bob Shelar June 11, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Sorry Moreno family but I don't get it. Should we also post the names of all the "jumpers" on the Golden Gate Bridge?
Bob Shelar June 11, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Sorry Moreno family but I don't get it. Should we also post the names of all the "jumpers" on the Golden Gate Bridge?
Cory Noltensmeier June 11, 2012 at 10:40 PM
What next? We name Columbine Highschool after the suicide attackers there? I mean luckily this guy didn't kill anyone driving on the freeway, but he very well could have. Would we have wanted to honor him then? would he have been any better than the Columbine shooters. They obviously had a sickness too. Should we feel sorry for them?
Mike S June 12, 2012 at 05:01 AM
I think it's pathetic that her family wants to name a bridge in recognition of suicide prevention but then she states that it wasn't determined how he died. Did he commit suicide or did he just fall off the bridge?
Bennett June 15, 2012 at 05:35 AM
No worries, ramps and columns already support it.
Huh June 15, 2012 at 07:04 AM
If you MUST have this sign, please also include phone numbers for: alcoholism, drug addiction, anger management and domestic violence. Thanks in advance.

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