Hero Down: Danville Police Department Officer Eric Goff II Dies By Suicide

Danville Police Department Officer Eric Goff II graduated from the law enforcement academy in January.

Patrick County, VA – Danville Police Department (DPD) Officer Eric Goff II took his own life while off-duty at his home on Nov. 18.

“The Danville Police Department learned that Officer Eric Goff died unexpectedly at his residence in Patrick County yesterday evening,” his department said in a Facebook post the following day. “The members of the Danville Police Department are truly saddened by his passing.”

The 22-year-old officer joined the DPD on April 1, 2018, and graduated from the Piedmont Regional Criminal Justice Training Academy this past January.

He was assigned to the DPD’s patrol division.

“Eric distinguished himself as an officer and was recognized as the Danville Police Department’s July 2019 Officer of the Month,” the department’s post read. “He is best remembered by his friends and fellow officers as someone who was light-hearted and could make you laugh.”

Danville Police Chief Scott Booth said that Officer Goff was an important member of the department, and that he will be missed.

Danville Police Lt. Richard Chivvis said that the young officer’s suicide has served as an important reminder to take care of one another – especially in the wake of critical incidents, WSLS reported.

“Our chaplain explained it to us like this,” Lt. Chivvis explained. “Every one of us, every human being, we have an emotional bucket. Every encounter we have, that bucket starts to fill.”

“Taking time to heal is certainly part of your growth as a person or as an officer or an affected person,” said Danville Police Lt. Mike Wallace, who is also a member of the agency’s critical incident stress management team.

Officer Goff was laid to rest on Nov. 23, according to his obituary.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Danville Police Department Officer Eric Goff II, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

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

Comments (14)
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Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Too bad, this young guy must have had some other stuff going on in his life, I always like to blame the shit we see on the job over a bunch of years, all the things we stuff deep down inside that come back to haunt us later....

vwiles34
vwiles34

Condolences to his family both blood and blue. Such a shame to lose this fine young man at such a young age. It's a reminder to those going through tough times that there is help out there and you shouldn't hesitate to reach out to them. This was the first suicide in thirty years for this department but still they do have a program in place for officers to seek help so hopefully, this will encourage officers to use this program.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Awarded Officer of the Month just 4 months ago. Only 22 years old. I think this suicide warrants an investigation. It may be difficult for the family and police department, but with all the officer suicides today, I thinks every single one should be nailed to a motive. It could be something as simple as a girlfriend broke up with him, to something more sinister.

bob95648
bob95648

The weight of the badge. It seems so small and insignificant until you pin it on...

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

So young, how sad. Is there even a memorial website for our brothers and sisters who take their lives?

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Somehow we need to "root-out" what is causing all these suicides in law enforcement. Is it stress, traumatic situations, unreal expectations, or is the process of hiring somehow flawed? Is it inside or external stress? Are we offering the right psychiatric and psychological help without reprisals? I think we all know that people of today are less resilient in some ways than the old-timers were. I don't have the answer, but it is rapidly becoming all too common!

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

A staggering 206 American LEO's have taken their own lives so far this year, 2019, and we're not even into December, which is the most depressing month for some.

LynnSB
LynnSB

Very very sad news such a young man and appeared to have a very promising career and life breaks my heart he didn’t reach out to get help instead he chose to end his life rest in peace young man God bless

Asher21
Asher21

Oh no... Not again.

strongteabag
strongteabag

Someone has to figure this out... it seems to be every single day one of these Men or women are killing themselves.

dukeblue1940
dukeblue1940

My prayers and sympathy to his family and friends. Rest In Peace.