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Dn Jackson24 Apr 2017 6:26 a.m. PST

Today, is one of those days.

For those of you who are unaware, I am a police officer in a semi-rural jurisdiction, (183 square miles, 175,000 people, 103 officers). One of the jobs all cops hate are death notifications. At 6am this morning I had to notify a 19 year old woman that her ex had killed himself, his mother, and their 3 year old daughter. Every time I think I have seen the depth of depravity that mankind is capable of, someone comes along to show me I am wrong, we are always able to sink lower.

Fortunately our chaplain was able to come and help, it was still heart rending.

I'm sorry for dumping this on you all, but I have to release the pain somehow. if you have a moment please say a prayer for little Kelly and her family.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP24 Apr 2017 9:18 a.m. PST

I have a dozen or so LEO relatives who sometimes relate
sad stories from their work.

None, so far, as heart-wrenching as your's.

Thanks for your service to the community and I hope
you can find peace.

Raynman Supporting Member of TMP24 Apr 2017 9:34 a.m. PST

The only thing I feared while in the service was getting ordered to do death notifications. I volunteered for combat tours to avoid this duty. The people that do it are amazingly compassionate. I could not do it. My prayers are for Kelly and her family and you, DJ. Thank you for all the things you do while on duty.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian24 Apr 2017 11:10 a.m. PST

Thank you for your service

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP24 Apr 2017 11:35 a.m. PST

Add my thanks as well.

CorroPredo24 Apr 2017 12:23 p.m. PST

I hated working SIDS deaths, especially when my boys were that age. One year I got one every two weeks for awhile. Sending prayers for them, and for you, brother.

Tacitus24 Apr 2017 3:48 p.m. PST

Can't even begin to imagine. Thank you, hang in there, and stay the compassionate human you are.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP24 Apr 2017 3:54 p.m. PST

I understand, I worked as an RN in an ICU & had the sad duty of telling people their loved ones had died since a lot of residents were poor at compassion. Sat & cried with more than I care to remember. Thank you for putting yourself on the line for us.


GarrisonMiniatures Inactive Member24 Apr 2017 10:55 p.m. PST

A difficult task. It's good that there are people who will do that job in a sympathetic way – it may not (can't) help much, but it helps. That help goes through the system – the helper is also affected, and any support we can offer you with our words is given gladly.

janner Inactive Member25 Apr 2017 6:45 a.m. PST

I only hope that if someone had to break tragic news to my loved ones, they would be as compassionate as yourself.

Personal logo Jlundberg Supporting Member of TMP25 Apr 2017 7:16 a.m. PST

I only had to do one death notification and it was not in awful circumstances like yours

Terrement25 Apr 2017 9:23 a.m. PST

" if you have a moment please say a prayer for little Kelly and her family."

And for you and the others on the front lines as well.


JSchutt27 Apr 2017 9:40 a.m. PST

Heros always hate their jobs. Cometh the hour…cometh the man.

Dn Jackson27 Apr 2017 7:08 p.m. PST

Thanks guys.

Dn Jackson28 Apr 2017 9:12 p.m. PST

I should be clear, I'm no hero. My job has some good times, some bad ones, and the occasional awful ones. I've worked with heroes, men wounded in the line of duty, others injured. I just do my job and carry on.

Old Wolfman09 Jun 2017 6:57 a.m. PST

Stay strong,bud.

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