Sister Of Chicago Police Sergeant Lori Rice Hopes Her Suicide Can Prevent Future Officer Suicides
By Dana Kozlov
April 29, 2019
CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Police Sergeant Lori Rice’s sister is still reeling, trying to make sense of her sister’s suicide, but she hopes to help other officers now.
Leann Starr says when it becomes OK for one officer to take his or her own life, it becomes OK for another.
She wants to help prevent that.
“I think I still have to be her voice,” Starr says.
It doesn’t really help Starr to talk about her sister’s suicide. The 82 days since the veteran Chicago police sergeant took her own life have been devastating.
“I make dinner, and I listen to my daughter’s news of the day. And so I think I’m doing what I’m supposed to do, but suicide leaves a hole no matter who it is,” she says. “And you’re never the same.”
But Starr is slowly making sense of Rice’s last days, weeks and months.
She just made a video for the Chicago Police Department. It’s an outreach to other officers who may be struggling.
“That there is help. That they reach out for the help. And I’m passionate about families recognizing that these superheroes by day are just regular people at night.”
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