PASCO CO., Florida -- The Pasco County Sheriff's Office held a seminar on Saturday, not for its deputies but for its deputies' families.
"It is critical that we understand that our spouse is more likely to commit suicide than die in the line of duty," said Donna Schulz.
Schulz is a law enforcement widow. Her husband committed suicide in March of 1995. His name was Bruce and he was an FBI special agent working for Foreign Counter Intelligence. She does not want his death to be in vain. She tours other law enforcement agencies educating spouses about the signs to look for when living with a spouse who is in law enforcement.
"March 8th of 1995 he decided he could no longer live and in the undercover house that we lived in, in Washington DC. He shot himself at 6:30 in the morning," said Schulz. "This powerful strong man decided he could no longer live. Why? Why did that have to happen? And I am telling you if I had known then what I know now, maybe Bruce would still be here."
Dozens of wives and a few husbands attended Schulz's seminar. They toured the Pasco County Detention Center to see what some of the physical demands are like for their spouses at the jail.
"Our deputies see things at work that no other human should have to see and I know they take that home with them," said Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco. "That is why we have this special work shop today and also why we have the second most chaplains in the state available to our deputies.
"There is this history in law enforcement where you do not talk about what is bothering you because you are not suppose to, but we are finding ways to allow our deputies to talk and get the help they need. The military has done an excellent job talking about the effects of PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and our men and women deal with it every day they come to work and go home after work. We want them to get the attention they need now before it is too late."