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Suicide Affects Police, Witnesses

That day, the clouds were gorgeous. As Luanne Plott Horting walked the Perrine Bridge on Nov. 4 taking photos of them, waiting as she usually does to photograph BASE jumpers. She heard a cop’s sirens in the distance. Then, the Twin Falls woman they call BASE Mom saw something horrifying — a man without a parachute was mounting the rail. A Twin Falls police officer approached the man and tried to talk him out of letting go of the rail. “I thought, ‘He’s not going to jump, he can’t do that,’” she said. “So I took a picture of him up there because there was nobody around but me and the cop. Then, he just let go. As soon as he got halfway, I turned my head.“ That night, Horting tossed and turned. When she closed her eyes she saw him falling to his death. Suicide from the Perrine Bridge is not uncommon. She wasn’t the first to witness it and she won’t be the last/Brian Smith, Twin Falls Times-News. More here.

Question: I've wondered at times re: the impact of a suicide on witnesses, loved ones, responders and the officers who respond to deal with the aftermath. Thoughts?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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