Sunday, December 13, 2015

Aurora Police Officer Dave Hutchings "tragic end to a remarkable life"

Meyer: The ghosts of Dave Hutchings 
Denver Post
By Jeremy P. Meyer
December 12, 2015
The father of four was getting counseling for post traumatic stress disorder, said the woman. His marriage dissolved; divorce papers were finalized a week before his suicide.
We expect police officers to be resilient, hardened and fearless.
Aurora Police patrol officer David Hutchings in May 2005. (Cyrus McCrimmon, The Denver Post)
We ask them to be first on the scene of the worst acts of humankind, to witness the sad and tragic and to be a shield between us and killers and crime. Then we expect them to march through it all with stoic reserve — strong, silent and unflinching. Sometimes even the bravest and toughest can be overcome. This happened to one of the best — Aurora Police officer Dave Hutchings, 45, who died by his own hand on Dec. 4 — a tragic end to a remarkable life. read more here