Traveling WV: Burton Ervin

Ervin holds up his jump suit in 2012 that he wore on that first jump from the New River Gorge Bridge. (WCHS/WVAH)

This past October 21, 2017 marked the 37th annual celebration of Bridge Day in Fayette County. Ironically the originator of that first event in 1980 passed away just a few days before this years celebration. Burton Ervin, a decorated veteran from the Korean War, actually made the very first jump from the bridge (albeit illegally) in 1979. In 2012, we sat down with Ervin as he described his daring first jump, and how he helped Bridge Day become the event it is today.

close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off