CPD’s 3rd suicide recently spotlights need for mental health awareness

posted by Joe Soto - 

It certainly is not weak to seek help for mental issues. Unfortunately in our society some believe it is. Seeking help is actually a sign of strength. A veteran Chicago police officer took her own life Wednesday outside a far South Side police station. It's the third suicide among the ranks of CPD in recent weeks and the third death at that police station since July. The 54-year-old has not been identified, but police said she was found in her own vehicle in the parking lot of the 5th District police station on 111th Street just before she was to report for duty. Her death follows the July 8th suicide of 36-year-old Officer Brandon Krueger. He too shot himself in the same parking lot but inside his squad car.  And earlier this month, 47-year-old Sergeant Steven Bechina committed suicide in his squad car in the West Loop.

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