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Pain of son’s suicide prompts police officer to push for mental health training

Janice Betz takes a moment to compose herself as she speaks about her son, David, who committed suicide in 2017. Betz and her family are among a group of other first responders who are pushing for mandatory training for all police to focus on mental health and the concerns about suicide. (Spenser R. Hasak)
LYNN — More police officers die by suicide than homicide and it’s a statistic Lynn resident Dave Betz knows all too well. In 2016, the Chelsea Police lieutenant worked with an officer named Rob Longo, who died by suicide, the morning after the funeral of a peer who died in a motorcycle crash. Less than…

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