Hero Down: Cleveland Police Officer Ashley Hibbard Found Dead Of Suicide

Holly Matkin

Cleveland Police Officer Ashley Hibbard was found dead at her home early Monday morning.

Mentor, OH – Cleveland Police Department (CPD) Officer Ashley Hibbard was found dead at her home early Monday morning.

Police said that the young officer took her own life, WOIO reported.

“This morning at about 0300hrs. A Police Officer from the last academy Class assigned to the 5th district was found expired in her home from a broken and sick heart in Mentor, Ohio,” CPD Chaplain Rabbi Sruly Wolf said, according to the Northeast Ohio Medical University Police Department (NEOMED).

“This young officer was involved in a chase this week in which a 13 year old was struck and killed by the suspect in East Cleveland,” Wolf continued. “My sincere condolences to her family and to the officers of the Cleveland Police.”

Tamia Chappman, 13, was killed on Dec. 20, when a 15-year-old armed carjacking suspect crashed into her as he was fleeing from police, The Plain Dealer reported.

She was walking to the library at the time.

It was unclear whether Chappman’s death was a factor in the 32-year-old officer’s suicide, but Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association President Jeff Follmer confirmed that she was involved in the investigation, WOIO reported.

“She always had a way of making you feel loved and special,” according to her obituary. “Her contagious smile and joyful heart will have a lasting impression on all who knew her.”

Officer Hibbard leaves behind her mother, Therese, as well as her sister, Amber.

She is also survived by her stepfather, stepsiblings, grandparents, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Officer Hibbard will be laid to rest on Dec. 30.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Cleveland Police Department Officer Ashley Hibbard, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Comments (74)
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JBoH
JBoH

So very sad. You can try to leave the job at work but the job will never let you forget work. Please reach out if this sounds like you. Some one will help. Condolences to both blood and blue.

RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

Can’t unsee what you see, prayers for all concerned

bronx163
bronx163

I find it ridiculous that cops work with fellow cops 8-9-10-12 hrs a day and have no idea their partners or fellow cops are going through bad shit. To me it just means fellow cops are just paycheck collecting servants not cops. Cops are suppose to look out for one another. Its the only one of few profession that you will lay uour life on the line for another cop. Radio cranks out 10-13 or officer down- foot pursuit shots fired you race down range to save the day. Why doesnt that happen on the psychological level. Cops see a lot of bad shit in society. You see the evil and horrific things people can do humankind. Over time it effects some. Some bad some not so bad. Then their is the home life of cop providing for their family best they can dealing with their problems after dealing with 8 hrs of society’s problems. Cops are not machines. Wake up people talk to your fellow cop. Talk it out. You see your partner is not right step up help them. No one else is looking out for you. Bosses suck chiefs suck all u got is one another. Take the time to check on one another. Too many cops are committing suicide.

Stop the bs you dont care. That cop you ride with is your lifeline. He or she is mentally down, you will die when you need help.

Dont want to hear this bs no one new the cop was mentaly messed up. Call bs. You ride a sector for 9 hrs a day 5 days a week. No way you can not tell something is up.

Wake up people start looking out for your fellow cop. The job wont all you have is each other.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

#fbi

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

What a beautiful smile. My deepest condolences go out to her family and friends. RIP love 🙏💙🇺🇲

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

My whole adult was spent wearing a gun and a badge, we are human too. People belittle Officers when they have feelings too. It appears that her feelings were shattered when she was chasing a thug that had broke the law and it resulted in a innocent victims death. It had to be a horrible situation when this 13 year old little girl was killed at the hands of a kid committing an adult crime. It’s hard to separate the feelings and from this she couldn’t live with it. May she Rest In Peace. I pray for the families of the little girl and for the Officers family during this tragic time.

Vrodgirl
Vrodgirl

Dear Officer Hibbard, it made my ❤️ hurt to read of your death. You must have been in unbearable pain to cause this reaction. You are and always will be a hero to those of us who understand. You will never be forgotten.

NomonK
NomonK

I speak as a Civilian never having the responsibility of being an LEO. I have endured combat action so I can relate to some things in some degree.
My heart goes out to the precious family of Officer Ashley. I use her given name to make it personable. Yes she had so much ahead of her but She witnessed the tragedy that took her life. She died when 13 year old Tamia was killed. We each deal with DEEP PAIN very differently. Our Emotional Strengths are similar to our Physical Strengths in that some of us are more or less stronger than our Comrade standing next to us. Just because someone may be viewed as weaker it doesn't make the stronger the better of the two. The differences simply make us part of the HUMAN RACE.
Let us never forget Ashley for her LOVE and COMPASSION toward her fellow man (be it young). Her love is a LOVE OF STRENGTH that last for Eons.

Andytheman
Andytheman

It's better today with mental health help is available to police officers. She didn't have to die. As a former police officer suicide attempt survivor I worked for years with no officer knowing what depression I went through for years. We hide it very well. A few weeks in a coma in critical condition on life support in an ICU unit I finally woke up. I had taken all my anti- depressants. Don't remember taking them or who found me in my bedroom, don't remember calling 911 or anything. The hospital saved my life

bryantrent
bryantrent

So sad

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

The mental health stigma has to go - you cannot have officers asking for help that are then moved out of their roles or otherwise suffer negative impacts on their career.

There should be mandatory counseling for X period of time with the therapist of the officer's choice, not a department shrink who could be seen as feeding information back to the department, hindering officers being honest. Where possible, a peer who has gone through a similar situation and is willing to be a "buddy" should also be arranged, same department or not.

For all shootings, all deaths or major injuries (especially civilian) related to pursuits or other enforcement actions.

Bigdeb322
Bigdeb322

Such a beautiful young lady with a beautiful smile. So very sorry someone else's pain became yours. Rest easy, your pain free now lying in the arms of Jesus.

lmr111702
lmr111702

Rest in he Peace of the Lord, Officer Hibbard. Your troubles are gone, and your burden is lifted. The Lord comfort and keep you.

bob95648
bob95648

Another one crushed by the weight of the badge. It seems so light until you pin it to your shirt...

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

This is so sad...for have this hanging over her head to make her this distraught is terrible....Prayers for all officers who feel this way...they have to understand that there is counseling out there for them when they are feeling this bad!

LEO0301
LEO0301

Policing is a macho profession. Cops I know kept the bad stuff to themselves. It's hard to recognize that someone is suicidal if they don't want you to know.

Rdwaryer63
Rdwaryer63

“Cops Cry Too”

I pull this child from the twisted steel that used to be a car I hold her body close to my chest as her blood drips across my star. And as her precious life slowly ebbs upon my uniform of blue, I realize that there are times when even cops cry, too.

Every day out on the streets, we hear the cries of pain And if we let them touch our hearts we all would go insane And so we learn to mask our thoughts; emotional displays are few But there are times you have to know that even cops cry, too.

Silver stars upon our chests guns hanging at our sides Steely eyes, a poker face an image forged with pride But somewhere in this image making a misconception grew Although we feel your pain and sorrow, we cops must not cry, too.

I buried my best friend today, killed in the prime of his life Doing what he loved to do best but he paid the ultimate price And all around me, tears flowed freely for a brother a bad man slew Why is it so hard to realize that big tough cops cry, too.

bronx163
bronx163

Cops today do not look out for one another. They punch in and punch out.

Todays cops need to go back old ways and keep an eye on those who look like they are drifting to bad state. Check on that cop that went to shit job and horrific crime scene. The cop whos got bills up the ass,3 kids, mortgage and is over his head. I’ve seen the new gen cops on my old job and they dont give two shits but themselves.

New millennial mentality is all about ones self.

Cops need to grow up and step up to the plate and look out for brother and Sister cops.

Dont give me this shit dont blame anyone. Cops today dont stick together and look out for one another Enough.

You can not tell me ridding in sector car 8-9-12 hrs a day and not detect or notice something is up. All that means is after a tour u cut yourself off from your job and partner. This profession is not ibm folks.

Being a cop is a calling not some bs Pvt sector job.

Put your helmet on get in the game and guard one another as you go down range to engages society’s shitbags and horrors that normal people can not and will not.

Rdwaryer63
Rdwaryer63

THE SUICIDE

NIGHT BEGINS ITS RETREAT FROM DAWN AND THERE YOU SIT, ALONE IN YOUR CAR; HAVING SUCCUMBED TO AN ETERNAL SLEEP WITNESSED ONLY BY AN INDIFFERENT STAR

I LOOK AT YOU AND I WANT TO ASK, WAS THERE NO OTHER WAY TO EASE YOUR PAIN? WERE PEOPLE SO DEAF TO YOUR CRIES FOR HELP YOU FELT LIKE YOU HAD NOTHING LEFT TO GAIN? SOMEHOW, COULDN’T YOU HAVE FOUND THE STRENGTH, TO GO ON FOR JUST A LITTLE WHILE LONGER? GATHERING THE COURAGE TO FACE ADVERSITY COULD HAVE MADE YOU TOUGHER, COULD HAVE MADE YOU STRONGER

AND YET YOU MUST HAVE FELT SO ALONE AS IF NO ONE REALLY CARED FOR YOU BUT I SEE THE SORROW ON YOUR FAMILY’S FACES AND I KNOW, I KNOW THIS WASN’T TRUE

LIFE OFTEN HOLDS SO MANY TESTS THAT WE ALL HAVE TO FACE SOMETIME OR ANOTHER. IF ONLY WE CAN KEEP OUR SPIRIT PERSEVERING, WHAT FAITH CAN’T HEAL, TIME MAY CONQUER

BUT YOUR PAIN WAS SO GREAT THAT AUGUST MORN. YOUR WORLD SO FILLED WITH ANGUISH AND STRIFE. YOU SAT THERE ALL ALONE, INSIDE YOUR CAR. YOU TURNED ON THE ENGINE AND ENDED YOUR LIFE

AND NOW IN THIS WORLD, A CHAPTER HAS CLOSED. FOR YOU, IN THIS WORLD, LIFE HAS LOST ITS LEASE. AS YOUR JOURNEY FINALLY ENDS, I HOPE AND I PRAY, YOUR SUFFERING IS OVER AND AT LAST, YOU’VE FOUND PEACE

debluvzcats
debluvzcats

This is very sad. My sincerest prayers for her family.

Sharonmk
Sharonmk

Suicide is an epidemic among officers and must be addressed during training and throughout their career. Each officer needs a mentor and ways to deal with their pain.

lexykratz
lexykratz

No matter what you think in your own private he'll there is someone standing at the ready to help you hear you hug you advise you... To let you know you're not alone. Please all you have to do is ask.

Luscious775
Luscious775

Their mini profile claims retired Nypd who said this was a woman?


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