Mental health a focus as fourth January 6 police officer takes his own life
The fallout from the January 6th insurrection continues.
Late Monday evening, Washington DC metro police confirmed two of its officers who responded to the Capitol that day took their own lives.
The department confirmed that Officers Kyle DeFreytag and Gunther Hashida committed suicide last month.
Two other officers both died of suicide shortly after January 6 riot.
Post traumatic stress disorder and mental health was a focus of last week’s hearing of the select committee on the January 6th insurrection.
Capitol Police officer Harry Dunn told the committee he is getting treatment and urged his fellow officers to do the same if they feel they need it.
(Private First Class Harry Dunn, United States Capitol Police) : <<”There is absolutely nothing wrong with seeking professional counseling. What we all went through that day was traumatic, and if you are hurting please take advantage of the counseling services that are available to us. I also respectfully ask this Select Committee to review the services available to us and consider whether they are sufficient to meet our needs..”>>
More than 500 people have been arrested accused of taking part in the violence that day. A Capitol police officer attacked by protesters died the next day. More than 100 officers were injured.
If you or someone you love is in need of help, contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 800-273-8255. There is always someone available… at any time of day.