This was Picked up and cross posted from another group for Law Enforcement. While we try to limit exposure from Law Enforcement to citizen for security reasons this post emphasizes the emotional stress, strain and and tolls that play a continuous role in members of the Law Enforcement Community.
On December 15, 2015, Officer Michael Bridell of the Birmingham (AL) Police Department took his own life. Five days later, we received this message from his wife, Detective Angie Bridell of the same department:
My name is Angie Bridell. I’m a narcotics detective with the Birmingham Police Department in Alabama. My husband recently committed suicide. He was also a police officer for Birmingham. I was wondering if you guys could share a few links for suicide prevention or maybe hotline numbers. I don’t know if there are any specific for police officers, but I just don’t want this to happen to anyone else.
My husband was such an amazing man. He was so loved by his friends and family. His name is Michael Bridell. Please help me honor him by spreading the word that there are people out there who can help in any situation. I’m sorry this is out of the blue, but I read everything on this Facebook page and have seen some things that have helped me before.
– Angie Bridell
After receiving her message, we honored her request and wrote a post about her husband. A few days ago, we learned that Angie committed suicide herself. We were absolutely heartbroken to hear of her death. Over the last few days I have struggled with whether or not to post this message, but in the end I feel like not posting it would be doing Angie a disservice. She wanted other officers to get the help they need. Please, if you need help contact Under the Shield Foundation or Safe Call Now. There is help available. All you have to do is reach out.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Bridell family, and the Birmingham Police Department. We can’t imagine your pain. Rest in peace, Mike and Angie.