BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Officials have reported that several NYPD officers have been hospitalized after a police-involved crash in Brooklyn on Tuesday morning.
PIX 11 News New York reported that a call came in to the FDNY around 8:45 a.m. for a crash near Etna Street and Chestnut Street in the Cypress Hills area of Brooklyn. When emergency crews responded, they found other New York first responders having sustained injuries from the accident.
Police confirmed that several officers from the department had sustained non life-threatening injuries and at least one person had been sent to the hospital to be treated for their wounds. It was unclear whether the person taken to the hospital was a civilian or a police officer.
Pix 11’s report said that CitizenApp video showing the scene of the accident appeared to show a New York City Sheriff’s Office vehicle involved in the crash.
Police were involved in a crash Tuesday morning in Cypress Hills that sent one person to the hospital, authorities say. https://t.co/X0eReMmPeb
— PIX11 News (@PIX11News) September 3, 2019
The street was closed off by police tape as the officers investigated the crash and ensured that everyone was safe.
More troubling news comes out of Staten Island this morning as officials confirmed that a retired NYPD sergeant has taken his own life.
This marks the latest in a tragic string of suicides from officers in New York City this year. The 48-year-old retired officer remains unidentified at this time in an effort to provide support for his family during this difficult experience.
A report from the Post said that the sergeant had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head while sitting inside of his vehicle in a transit parking lot on Arthur Kill Road near Richmond Avenue.
On average, the NYPD loses between four and five officers a year to suicide. So far this year, they’ve reached 10.
Robert Echeverria was off-duty when he shot himself in the head on August 14. Police got a call from Echeverria’s wife, who found her husband unresponsive on the ground with a gun nearby on his bed.
He was rushed to North Shore-Long Island Jewish Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
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Echeverria had served in the NYPD for 25 years and was a part of the elite Strategic Response Group, a team of law enforcement officials that are assigned to mass shootings, large protests and similar events.
He was the ninth NYPD officer to die by suicide in 2019, and the second in a week. He took his own life just one day after 35-year-old city offer Johnny Rios fatally shot himself at his home in Yonkers. At the time of his death, Rios was temporarily assigned to detail surrounding Yankee Stadium.
— Siglov Freudivan (@DerangedRadio) September 3, 2019
Reports circulating that outside mental health staff will be brought into every police facility. The hope is to have a watchful eye present and to have a door open for officers to walk into.
For officers who still fear opening up to department services and or staff, know that there are protections for you. If you’re still conflicted, don’t go it alone, outside sources are another avenue to explore.
By stepping outside of the traditional programs, officers that fear they’ll jeopardize their career can seek help anonymously early on. Services like those provided by Lemonaid Health allow for officers to receive assistance via an app-based system that also allows for a slew of other health services.
This option does provide the protections through HIPPA same as going through your own insurance. Check them out at http://lemonaid.com or download their app in the Google or Apple store.