UPDATE: Golden Gate Bridge Board Approves $76 Million for Suicide Barrier

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A teary-eyed Dana Barks was almost speechless after officials for the San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge approved a $76 million funding package for a suicide barrier that could prevent people from jumping to their deaths.

The bridge district’s board of directors voted unanimously in favor Friday for the funding of a steel suicide net. The motion for the historic vote came from board member and former bridge district director John Moylan, whose grandson, Sean Moylan, jumped off the bridge to his death earlier this month.

Seconds after the vote, the tears from many people in the standing-room-only crowd were followed by shouts of joy.

“A lot of people have done so much incredible work to get this accomplished,” said Barks of Napa, who lost his son, Donovan, to suicide on the bridge in 2008.

After the vote, Barks rose from his knees and shared an…

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