Philadelphia, PA -The Philadelphia Police Department is in mourning after the loss of a young officer on the department. 25-year-old Francis Seibert has died following what is believed to be a self-inflicted gun shot wound to the head.
Officer Francis Seibert joined the police department in September of 2014 and had been assigned to the 24th District. According to CBS Philly, officers responded to a disturbance call just before 11 PM on Friday March 10. Seibert was off-duty at the time and discovered in the home in the 12000 block of Waldemire Drive in Northeast Philly with a gunshot wound to the head. Responding emergency personnel rushed him to Aria Health-Torresdale, where he passed away around 5:30 AM on March 11.
According to The Badge of Life, Psychological Survival for Police Officers, the number one killer of law enforcement is suicide. The number of police officer suicides is a striking 52% higher than the general public, according to their studies. The numbers represent about 18.1 suicides per 100,000. In the general public those numbers are closer to 13 per 100,000.
According to the Badge of Life, "It’s actually more accurate to say, “More cops die of suicide than are killed by gunfire and traffic accidents combined.” In 2016, our last study, 108 officers died of suicide, whereas 97 officers died of traffic accidents and gunfire combined."
On their website, a chilling reminder from the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., "In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Philadelphia Police Department, especially those who responded to their brother in blue, and the family of Officer Francis Siebert. Rest easy hero, we've got the watch from here.
If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, please reach out to someone at email@example.com or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
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