Retired officer, 49, is 11th NYPD member to die by suicide this year

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September 13, 2019 - 2:30 pm

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – The NYPD community is mourning the loss of yet another one of its members by suicide amid what Commissioner James O’Neill is calling a “mental health crisis.”

Jose Pabon, a retired NYPD officer, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Goshen, Orange County, on Wednesday, according to multiple reports.

Pabon, 49, is the 11th NYPD officer to die by suicide this year.

The New York Daily News reports that the department usually sees four or five suicides per year. Nine of the 11 suicides this year were active-duty officers, while two are believed to be retired officers.

Just days ago, a retired transit sergeant also took his own life. Their deaths come as the department continues to grapple with a devastating rise in suicides.

NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill urges any NYPD officer or employee who needs aid to call the department's employee assistance hotline at 646-610-6730.

"There's people out there that love you and want to help you. But unless you come forward, unless your partner says something, or friend, we're not gonna know," O'Neill said.

If you or someone you know needs help call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or reach out to the Crisis Text Line by texting 'Home' to 741741.

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