Oct 31, 2017
Largo, FL - Pinellas County Sheriff's Sergeant Michael Borland died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Monday.
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said that Sgt. Borland was off-duty at the time of his death.
His body was found beside his cruiser about 9 AM in the parking lot of the St. Petersburg College Veterinary Technology Center, at 12376 Ulmerton Road.
Detectives said that his death is being considered a suicide.
Sgt. Borland began his career with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office in 1996, and was assigned to the Patrol Operations Bureau. He was promoted to Sergeant in May.
No police officer ever wants to admit that a call has affected them emotionally. No police officer wants to show weakness when a child dies in their arms. No police officer wants to admit that they are having financial troubles, or that their marriage is falling apart, or that they have alienated themselves from their children because they work so many overtime hours.
This lack of communication leads to walls, which leads to solitude, which leads to depression, which, when not addressed, leads to suicide.
Suicide rates among police officers in this country have shown a slight decrease since 2008 but even one is too many. To lose the life of even one hero to suicide is an unacceptable loss.
Sgt. Borland began his career with the Pinellas County Sheriff
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Pinellas County Sheriff's Sgt. Michael Borland, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.