Alfred Zampa (March 12, 1905 in Selby, California – April 23, 2000) was a United States bridge worker who
played an integral role in the construction of numerous San Francisco Bay Area bridges during the early
twentieth century. He is most notable for being one of the first people to survive falling off the Golden Gate
Bridge. He is a charter member of the Half Way to Hell Club, whose members are the men who fell from the
Golden Gate Bridge and were saved by the nets.
In 1987 writer Isabelle Maynard wrote and produced a play titled "The Ace" chronicling Zampa’s exploits on the
Golden Gate Bridge and the formation of the Half Way to Hell Club. "The Ace" was based on Zampa's life and
was advertised as an "iron worker’s story of heroism, risk and recognition on the Golden Gate Bridge.” It was well-
received on San Francisco stages, especially during the bridge’s 50th anniversary year. The Alfred Zampa
Memorial Bridge is named in his honor. The new bridge replaced the 1927 span of the Carquinez Bridge which Al
helped construct, beginning at the young age of 20. Al Zampa retired from the position of Iron Worker at the age
of 65 in 1970, and died at the age of 95 in Tormey, California.
Alfred Zampa was born March 12, 1905 in Selby, California and died April 23, 2000. His connection to C&H sugar
began when he got a job there shortly after he finished high school. In 2003, a bridge named in his honor was
built and C&H printed up sugar packets for the opening celebration.