Since January 1, 2016, 1st H.E.L.P. has been compiling a list of first responders lost to suicide; this information includes corrections and federal officers of all duty status. In 2019, 1st H.E.L.P. began collecting suicide data on all first responders; firefighters, emergency medical personnel, and 911 Telecommunicators are honored for their service.
We only post with permission!
We do not post the names and faces of all officers without permission of the family. Suicide is a different type of death and grief and we respect the privacy requested by the families. We will not betray their trust.
We do not pull coroner reports or medical records. In some case, permission of the family is required and there is a fee associated with it. While we engage researchers to assist us, we are not a research organization and use this information for awareness and family support.
Our numbers are rolling numbers, as new deaths and data points are reported, the number is adjusted accordingly.
Data collection points are as follows and can be seen on our form:
- Manner of Death
- Date of Death
- Name of Department
- Age at time of death
- Duty Status
- Years of Service
- Year left force
- Was the officer under investigation?
- Number of Children?
- Were there prior suicide attempts?
- Was it a murder/suicide?
- # of Children
- Had the officer sought help?
- Off/ On Duty
- Was there a history of job related
- Military Veteran