Melissa Swailes—whose husband, Officer David Swailes of the LAPD, died by suicide in February 2016—discusses with POLICE Contributing Web Editor Doug Wyllie the day of David's death. She talks about David's PTSD, the circumstances of his death, and some of the events that led up to his dying by suicide. She also shares how her husband's death impacted the couple's four little boys.
See more of Melissa's story in (Video) Police Death by Suicide: Widow of a Police Officer Speaks Out.
Editor's Note: Any first responder approaching crisis is urged to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255), which 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.