Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Retired Chicago Police Officer Found Dead

Retired CPD officer found dead in apparent suicide in Chatham

Chicago Sun Times
By Luke Wilusz
March 5, 2019

A retired Chicago police officer was found dead of an apparent suicide Monday evening in the Chatham neighborhood on the South Side.
The 61-year-old man was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest at 7:02 p.m. in his home in the 7900 block of South Michigan Avenue, according to Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
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This is an article from another Officer's widow...think about it! #BreakTheSilentService and #TakeBackYourLife

Awash in Sorrow

What happens when all seems lost? What’s happening in your head can bring you down easier than a bad guy’s bullet.
MARCH 5, 2019

“When people kill themselves, they think they’re ending the pain, but all they’re doing is passing it on to those they leave behind.” Jeannette Walls

“My husband, David Colegrove, was a law enforcement officer for 30 years. He killed himself in 2014, less than three months after he retired,” said Kim Colegrove. “Since his suicide, I’ve learned a lot about trauma, post-traumatic stress, secondary trauma, hypervigilance, and the common predictors of suicide among law enforcement professionals and other first responders.” Kim’s tragic loss compelled her to create The Pause First Project, dedicated to bringing mindfulness practices to first responders.

As of this writing, February 2019, law enforcement has already lost 33 officers to suicides. That’s an astounding number, particularly when compared with total line of duty deaths thus far—17. Why the disparity, why are we killing ourselves in such high numbers? Much of the reason stems from what cops see every day. Horrible things, man’s inhumanity to others. Beatings, shootings, murders, they all cause indelible memories that can haunt many officers for the rest of their lives. The resulting trauma affects not only the victims of crime, but also the witnesses and those who investigate the incidents.
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