Work-Related Stress Leads To Officer’s Suicide

Russell Wilde was a lieutenant for the Cranford, New Jersey Police Department. On September 16, 1999, when Hurricane Floyd struck, Wilde was designated incident commander, and he was put in charge of coordinating the Township’s rescue and recovery efforts. In one 51-hour period, Wilde worked approximately 28 hours. On the day following the 51-hour period, Wilde died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Wilde’s widow, Tracey Wilde,…

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Workers’ Compensation Does Not Cover Trooper’s Suicide

Trooper Mark Zach of the Nebraska State Patrol died on September 27, 2002, as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His surviving spouse and children applied for death benefits under Nebraska’s Workers’ Compensation Act. When their request was allowed, the Nebraska State Patrol appealed the decision to the Nebraska Supreme Court. The Court rejected the application for workers’ compensation benefits. Zach’s family alleged that approximately two weeks prior…

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