Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Widow says "It’s OK to not be OK"

Widow of fallen CHP officer launches suicide prevention project

It’s been nearly four months since California Highway Patrol Officer Sean Poore died while on duty. The 9-year veteran committed suicide inside his patrol car on Oct. 23.

Poore leaves behind his wife, Samantha Poore, and their three young children.

“I just feel guilty because I wish I would have paid attention to those little things that I just didn’t -- I just didn’t see,” Poore said. “I thought he was getting the help that he needed and he wasn’t sharing that he wasn’t.”

Now, Poore is partnering with a Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy to launch The Not OK Project, a suicide prevention organization focused on helping first responders. They want police officers, firefighters, paramedics and dispatchers to know that "it’s OK to not be OK."

“We had an amazing life together, and I never thought that this would be my life," Poore said. "So I’m just going to do this for him."

Poore didn’t realize her husband’s depression ran so deep. She said they lived “a Cinderella story,” falling in love at first sight on the first day of college and having three beautiful children.
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