An officer with the Cleveland (OH) Police Department died by suicide late last week, the agency confirmed today.
According to ABC News, 39-year-old Officer Nicholas Sabo took his own life on the same night that Cleveland police detective James Skernivitz was shot and killed in the line of duty as he sat in a car with a confidential informant.
Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association president Jeff Follmer said in a statement, "We are in shock at the news of the passing of officer Nick Sabo. He was a great officer and friend. Our hearts our heavy today with the amount of loss we are feeling."
Editor's Note: If you or someone you know has ideation of suicide or is approaching crisis, please know that the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255), provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress. Safe Call Now (1-206-459-3020) offers those services specifically for first responders.
On a website maintained by BlueH.E.L.P.—an organization that tracks officer suicides while simultaneously seeking to prevent such tragedies from occurring—a first responder need only enter a few data points—such as their location and what kind of assistance is needed—and the individual will be provided with a list of options for help from a searchable database dedicated to helping first responders find emotional, financial, spiritual, and other forms of assistance.