Suicide patrols starting on Portland Bridge

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PORTLAND — Trained volunteers wearing orange vests plan to begin patrolling Portland's Vista Bridge Thursday evening to prevent more people from committing suicide.

The group Friends of Vista Bridge told KOIN that volunteers will be on the so-called suicide bridge until mid-August when the city plans to install temporary fencing to prevent jumping.

There have already been four suicides this year on the bridge in the Goose Hollow neighborhood west of downtown Portland.