RIP Const. Jean-Pascal Nolin

We write this note with a very heavy heart, we have lost another RCMP member, Const. Jean-Pascal Nolin, a 10-year veteran of the force, reportedly parked his cruiser at the Metcalfe Street side entrance to the Thomas D’Arcy McGee building, between Sparks and Queen streets, then walked in to the offices of the force’s A Division Parliament Hill detachment, located in the building, and shot himself. He leaves behind a spouse and two young children.
Our hearts go out to Const. Jean-Pascal Nolin family and all those who knew, worked with and loved him, all of whom are struggling to deal with the aftermath of suicide.
Please know that we at Families of the RCMP for PTSD Awareness are devastated and we are working tirelessly to do all we can to stop these tragedies from occurring.
We send a plea to each and every one of you to reach out to those who are retired or those you know are struggling with PTSD, to both the members and their families, and let them know they are not alone, that you care, we care and we are all are here for each other.
RIP Const. – You and your contribution to Canada and society will not be forgotten.
Families of the RCMP for PTSD Awareness

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From the wife of a RCMP member who suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Thank you for starting this support group. Change can happen with awareness and support.
I am a widow of a RCMP member who was diagnosed with PSTD. My husband struggled with this illness for 3 years before taking his own life 12 years ago this month. After his death, I wrote a letter about my experience as a spouse of a RCMP member who suffered from PSTD in hopes of helping other members and their families. I know it travelled across Canada as I had many people contact me about it. It was also given to a RCMP psychologist to help bring awareness on how PSTD affects not only members but their families as well. It saddens me to read in this FB group that things have not changed a lot over the years when it comes to supporting members and their families who are affected from PSTD.
It is hard to believe on January 26th it will be 12 years since that tragic day. The hardest part of moving forward has been watching my children grow up missing their dad in their lives (our son was 10 and our daughter was 7). My daughter has a tattoo on her arm of her father’s signature and DOB and DOD, she also wears an engraved picture of him on a necklace.
Sherry

6 February 2004

From the wife of a RCMP member who suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,
It is difficult for me to even know where to begin to inform people about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the affects it has not only on a person/member suffering from it, but the family as well. I feel obliged to tell our story, I will be gaining strength in doing so. By telling our story I may influence others to pay attention to this disease and help others deal more effectively with it. God knows it has to be addressed immediately.
As I write this letter I feel pain that no words can describe. My husband was my best friend, my soul mate and the father to my two children. I watched him suffer pain within himself, and struggle to live for the sake of myself and his children. Anyone that knew my husband would say he was a very hard working, loving, and compassionate person who brought sunshine to everyone he met whether it was a first meeting or a lifelong friendship. He wore his RCMP uniform with great pride and respected all his colleagues whether they were a Commissioner or Constable. I am telling my story in hopes that my husband and my own cries will be heard. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is life threatening and treatable. It is not a personality disorder, or a moral disorder. It is not self induced or wanted by the sufferer or their loved ones. It is a primary disease the same as cancer or any other primary disease. If you feel inclined to make judgments about the sufferer, you contribute to their suffering exactly the same as if you induced cancer cells into someone with that disease.
Before ending this letter, I want to thank all of you who did help and support my husband and I over this traumatic series of events. Many of you were angels of hope and comfort to us, and God will know and reward you. Please hear my message. Remove the unwarranted stigma from this deadly affliction…………..

I beg you.

Sherry Webb
This is only a small excerpt from Sherry’s letter to the RCMP after her husband Constable Jeff Webb lost his courageous battle to PTSD January 26th 2004.

Remembering Cpl. Ron Francis

Stand Easy Cpl. Ron Franics

Phil Dahdona: RIP Cpl. Ron Francis…it was a pleasure knowing you and training alongside you as a troopmate in Regina. My heartfelt condolences to the family.

Maryann Tomah: So sorry uncle and the rest of the family I grew up with him just we were very good friends and always be missed and loved forever.

Dav Langstroth: Dignity Respect and Honesty were stripped from this man who only asked to be forgiven for his faults. The method of his passing is irrelevant. His family needs to know from the rank and file that he was valued and validated as an officer and a human being. The RCMP need to give a full honours funeral or memorial.

Pauline Francis: He was an officer who asked for help hours before it happened but no they refused to help him and he couldn’t take anymore. He was trying to help help so he could see his children he missed them so much. I know because I am his mother and I spent time with him every day. I was last talking to him at 10:45 and he was waiting for the RCMP medical section to call him back. He wanted to go to BC for 3 months to get help. But they refused and he couldn’t take anymore. I love you my son Ron xoxoxoxo

Dave Martin: As a former police officer and survivor or PTSD it pains me to read and see those who were not able to survive this demon. It is a tragedy that need not happen. Although the media has helped with getting the word out there, they have also contributed to the negative stereotype associated with PTSD by sensationalism and the wrongful portrayal of those suffering. What the media and mainstream public doesn’t see is the bigger picture of those that suffer in silence. RIP brother, may God bless your soul and may your family, friends, brothers and sisters on the thin blue line find comfort and strength in each other.

Tanya Reid Fizzard RIP Cpl. No matter what uniform we wear we stand on guard for our country knowing we may be called to pay the largest price we can. Cpl Francis you did your country proud. Your watch is now over. May you forever rest in peace and be free of this horrible illness. Thank you for your service and thank you to all who serve; for continuing where Cpl Francis left off. To Cpl Francis’ family my heart felt thoughts and prayers are coming your way.

Matthew Smith: He was one of my heroes as a teenager growing up basically next door, I’ll surely miss him!

Don Cone: Cops don’t usually say they have PTSD, because so many of them look at it as a sign of weakness. Some many don’t go for help for the same reason. I think I am one of very few that have asked for help. Thank God, it has helped!

Ray Gagiid Brown: Cpl Francis is 10-35; rest easy. Condolences to the family, friends and those affected so profoundly by this loss.

Andre Turcotte: Are the flags flying at half-mast today in Ottawa and at the “J Div.” Headquarters because they should be, out of respect for Cpl. Francis and all the other first responders battling PTSD.

Connie J Sabattis: The media never portrayed him in the way he truly was. It’s such a tragic end to his suffering. Rest Easy, Ron! heart emoticon

Asokwat Lisa Taylor: So sad, he tried to beat this battle of PTSD, I hope he is recognized as a devoted RCMP who gave his life to others rather the way media portrayed him….prayers for his journey to the Spirit World and to everyone who personally knew him….

Davin MacRae: He cried for help as loud as anyone could have. In turn they banished him instead of helping him. RIP

Nancy Joyce: It is so sad how a member is treated these days when there are other options than to strip him/her of their identity and disregard all that the hard work that they’ve put in over the years. I didn’t know Cpl Francis but just watched the CBC video of when he gave up his uniform – makes me sick to see this. Why won’t our colleagues stand beside us in these times? PTSD is a disabling illness and should be treated as such. So very sad about this. RIP Cpl Francis.

Tom Larkin:  RIP comrade. Thank you for serving your country. I am sorry your fellow Canadians were incapable of ascending you out from the abyss in which you had fallen. We are guilty as Canadians of expecting you to strive to maintain a national iconic symbol regardless of your humanity, yet it is that very humanity that we demand from you towards us that is the genesis of a tortured soul! I challenge all family members, friends and colleagues to remember Ron as the young smiling recruit he was, full of vitality and enthusiasm standing before you with his freshly minted badge in his hand. May God comfort all those who morn his premature departure. Tom Larkin, Reg. 32545, (Ret.)

Maryann Tomah: I know what it’s like to have a loved one who suffers from PTSD and no one and I mean no one should have to endure the pain that every family has to go through. Prayers to everyone who suffers from this madness of PTSD

Polch Polchies: It’s sad that he was treated so poorly and looked down upon by his very own(RCMP) and the Fredericton city police.

Rich Francis: Watch over us Ron, your still on duty buddy….And whoever created this website., thank you..

Alice Kammer: Another hero gone way too soon ,so sad for family and friends, my heart goes out to you

Sharon Scott: Prayers for his family and friends. The good he did lives on in the memories of many.

Bonnie J. Poirier: Rest In peace Ronnie! You will be forever missed and I hope and pray that you find the peace that you desperately need. Thoughts, prayers and love go to your entire family in KFN.

Rick Marian de Gruyl: He looked so peaceful last night at wake

Jack Gordon Mullin: May his memory never be for gotten

Nancy Brown: My condolences to his family and friends. Such a devastating loss.

Mark Joseph Michalowsky: Unless someone walks a mile in your shoes, no one will ever know the pain that you were going through. RIP my brother.

Jean Marie Bolduc: More work has to be done!

Alan McCreadie: R. I. P. Brother we are all feeling safer now that heaven has a guardian angel looking down on us.

Marlene Flood: Rip Ron Francis

Carolyn N Andy Nicholas: You are now in the arms of Jesus heart emoticon

Margaret Shott: Prayers

Willi Nolan: “Soldiers, police, people who do this kind of work, over time it’s going to affect them. I want to help other members.” Thank you for your life teachings of humility, kindness and bravery, brother. You will be remembered.

Marie Claire Muzzerall-Gautreau: My heart goes out to his family, friends and coworkers. This is so sad. My husband is suffering with severe PTSD and it sickens me of the lack of support he is getting from his union, employer, wcb, etc. As a wife, i am worried sick about him and feel so helpless.. PTSD is very serious. I pray for help and support for all of those suffering every day and their families.

Starlette Howe: Another hero lost because he didn’t get the respect and support he deserved. What will it take? Rest in Peace Cpl Francis and Thank You. You will forever be in our hearts and appreciated.

Timothy F Denis: The prayers of the Denis Clan from Cacouna are with the Francis Clan at Kingsclear during their period of grief, reflection, and celebration of a man I wished I knew…PTSD is something I deal with daily, and I looked after my dad, a Navy korean War Vet, who lived with it as well…I and my family understand, and hold out our hands in prayer and support.

Lisa Nainer: His pain suffered by others and it’s still unheard. Please help our brave officers.

Amy Sock: You did not die in vain my friend. Watch over us specially those suffering at this very moment #PTSD

Brenda Jaille:t RIP!

Joan Evans-Suggett: much respect…………………

Michael McGarrity: R I P

Leah A Rissesco: Words may not be enough to bring comfort but if we look deep enough into our soles we will find the right path to lift us up.

Ray Spencer: R.I.P.

Gerald A Brown: Rip thoughts to family

Scott Walker: RIP you will always be remembered!

Philip Moore: R.I.P I think the RCMP let this man down publicly shamed him by making him turn in his uniform.

Mary Scott: How sad. His struggle was so public. May he rest in peace.

Leanne Kamphuis: I worked with many military men and woman suffering from PTSD. I have seen only a few recover to a somewhat normal life. Prayers go out to all RCMP and Military members and hopes that more mental Health services

Margie Grier: Continued prayers for all who are suffering from PTSD, and from the fallout surrounding the condition. Peace for all peace keepers and their extended family, force and friends.

Brenda Miller McMullin: Pauline my heart goes out to you and your family I lost my son as well from PTSD 3 years ago. He was a soldier who served in Afghanistan Please know I am praying for you and your family and your brave son.

Susan Phillips: As a survivor who almost wasn’t, I understand the torment of PTSD. Condolences to those who knew this hero

Sharon Anne Collier Edgett: The sadness I felt as the media was there when he had to turn in his Scarlett’s I just knew this was not going to turn out well you cannot wear a uniform so proudly and not get the compassion and help when you need it prays for the family Cpl Francis was an excellent and proud Mountie serving the public

Al Roy: RIP Cpl. Francis. This truly demonstrate the inability of the RCMP the understand the consequences of their actions when dealing with members affected by PTSD. Instead of persistently trying to save the image of the RCMP, they should devote some of their energy to supporting their members. Mental illness is a very serious issue and is not to be ignored.

Carla Bonnell: My deepest condolences to those who loved him. I’m a stranger but I followed his story, and my heart broke then and it continues to break. May peace find you and comfort be yours. May healing come quickly and he be remembered for the sacrifices he made.

Janet Wiszowaty: I don’t watch the news often but tonight again was reminded of the loss of Cpl Francis, a reminder to everyone that there are other victims. An adult child of 2 members was in tears today after hearing an inconsiderate man on his cell phone making derogatory comments about our lost officer and other members of the RCMP. Reminds me of the saying…”Walk A Mile in My Shoes”

Tom Cantwell: I have worked closely with countless people suffering from PTSD and it is my belief that while it is a very serious condition which I have struggled with myself, this officers death was caused not by his PTSD but by the insensitive and abusive orders handed down by the so called “powers that be” in the higher echelons of the RCMP. They added insult to injury resulting in the death of this man and very probably exposed his colleagues who were tasked with carrying out the ridiculous orders to take away his uniform, deprive him of his identity and dignity and show their callous ignorance of this illness. My heart and prayers go out to Cpl. Francis family….

Tara Taylor: RIP…. PTSD is NOT addressed by the RCMP… it’s NOT addressed by the public… it is sad that a Police force that was so highly recognized in the beginning has let it’s fellow members down… I give hugs to the family and close friends of Cpl. Ron Francis and to the many other families that have lost loved ones to such a terrible condition…

Janine Rostron: This was an avoidable tragedy. It sickens me that this happened. Shame on everyone involved in worsening his distress. I can’t hardly believe it.

Debby Clements: May God keep him safe now. God bless him of trying to change things. Very, very, very sad.

Michelle Martin: I was extremely saddened by this news this morning. I first met Ron Francis when he walked in my office for his RCMP recruit interview some 20 years ago. I was the “J” Division RCMP Recruiting NCO at the time. He was young, full of life and ready for the adventure that awaited him. He was extremely excited when I informed him that I was recommending his application to move forward and I was proud to be at his engagement ceremony before he left for Depot. I retired as an Inspector from the RCMP with 30 years service almost 3 years ago. Retired with a medical pension after being Off Duty Sick for almost 4 years due to chronic mental illness, of which I am still on medication for. My life since leaving the RCMP has greatly improved and I am much happier. I feel like the worst is really behind me and nothing but good for my future. I’m writing this now so that people suffering from mental illness may be given hope that there is light at the end of the tunnel. I only wish I would have been able to talk to Ron before he had lost all hope….

Insp. Michelle Martin O1981

Suzie Romain-Pullen: I am a relative of this man, I recall maybe meeting him once but I have learned more about who this man is by spending time reading your posts

Rick Trish Beers: Rest and find the peace in death that eluded you in life.

De-Anne Chantel: Rest in peace Nitap

Debby Severin Coyne These men and women who serve our Country to protect us are heroes. It is sad to see the way our country treat them when they reach out for help. To his family I am so saddened and ashamed that after 21 years of service the help he needed wasn’t there. I would like to say to his family especially his children, that he is a hero in my eyes and because of him and other like him, I live in a much better world. May he RIP.

Ken Ogilvie: This is a tragedy in every way! The loss of a brother from the police family! His loss of dignity at the hands if the media just looking for some crap to stir is unfair, unjust and dangerous……. obviously! A good man lost!

Robin Guyette Linda Ross there are programs it’s a matter of ppl getting involved. I live in ny we just did a fundraising walk called out of the darkness for suicide awareness and prevention. Our north country alone which is just two counties that raised for our are…See More

Patricia Farris: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder…very serious…!!

Greta Wakeling: It pains me to see that this courageous man suffered way too much. Sometimes everything we do just isn’t enough. I know his pain must have been enormous and broke him. I am sorry

Susan Brown: R.I.P..SO SAD..Prayers for his family

MaryAnn Coffey: Thank you for your service …another fail by our country! Strength and love to your family

Gail Daigle: So sad!

Myrna Landry: Support is so needed. Prayers to his family and friends, Co workers.

Glen Vaillancourt: R.I.P. my blue Line brother.

Sandra Spiteri-Duns: R.I.P. Cpl. Ron. Condolences to the family.

Michelle Nalley: I know everybody thinks there is no help within the government but my brother is a councillor for the VA just for vets that are struggling. My brother is a war time vet and knows exactly what they struggle with each day and he is there for them anytime they need him. It may not he enough for everybody but I am very proud of my brother.

Judith Haggerty: So sorry for the family and the loss of this man.

Marie Yipp: God is holding him in his arms and no more pain.

Nan Ray: May Ron Rest In Peace, heartfelt prayers to his family and loved ones.

Beverly Bowyer Myer: Pauline Francis my heart aches for you and for the loss of your son. I’m so sorry. God give you peace.

Beverly Bowyer Myers: PTSD so underestimated and misunderstood. I have a request to transfer to work in our PTSD unit. Please pray that I will be able to work with these fine men who served our country and whose lives will never be the same. My prayers are with this man and his family. God rest his soul.

Kristi Gogan: It is a sad thing that admitting struggle,pain and suffering is looked upon by so many as weakness within the Military and RCMP as well as many other sectors. PTSD affects so many individuals who have had trauma in their lives. There are several other mental symptoms that arise from it as well. Being aware is only the first step. Most people who suffer try to hide it. It becomes unbearable at times and will never be fully understood. May this family have the support they need to make it through this terrible tragedy. Mark C Osborne-Ozzie: The RCMP did not take care of their own here. We all saw it coming when they took away his uniform….. Why didn’t They ? I hope he at least gets a Full Honours Funeral like others. A Bad year for RCMP headquarters. Shameful in several cases, involving it’s own & tragic in all.

Colleen Tayler: My message to the CBC: “I have never been so disappointed and ashamed of the CBC. I am very saddened by the CBC’s total lack of respect towards Corporal Ron Francis and his grieving family! On at least two occasions since the sad news broke, the tragic death of Cpl. Francis was reported by the CBC under the headline, “Pot-Smoking Mountie found dead”. The first was on social media’s Facebook, and the second, when reporter Redmond Shannon announced the tragic news on National television. Corporal Francis deserves better than that shameful, apathetic, lazy headline! Not only did he bravely serve our country for over 21 years, he also fought for a cause that needs to be recognized. He suffered from PTSD, and wanted to help make it easier for others who are fighting the same battle to receive the treatment they needed. He courageously took up the cause, and by shedding a light on the use of medicinal marijuana, he put himself in jeopardy, and ultimately, paid with his life. Corporal Francis was NOT just a “pot-smoking Mountie”, he was so much better than that disrespectful headline implies. He was also a husband and father, son, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend of so many. I, for one, demand a RETRACTION of that shameful, disrespectful headline, as well as an APOLOGY to the grieving family and friends of Corporal Ron Francis. May his soul find the peace he was so desperately searching for.”

Joy Wood: So very sad

Isabelle Philippe Elliot:t From the little bit I read in the media about this man, it seems he was asking for help loud and clear. Why did no one help him? He wasn’t always silent in his suffering yet he still didn’t get the help he needed.

Crystal Jones: Rip prayers go out to his family.  I will continue to try and help people with this struggle along the way.

Rob Saavedra: I’ve been dealing with PTSD for a while now. 16 years as a deputy, however I might have to hang up career. God Bless you cpl. Ron

Wendy Dickel: Rip ..thoughts and prayers are with the family

Steve Critchley: Stand Easy and Rest in Peace.

Trudy Chamberlain: Breaks my heart but depression kills RIP Cpl Francis.

Wendy Awenda: People who have not experienced PTSD don’t know, and have NOT researched it are plain idiots. The media always wants to blame someone – so their story is more appealing. What ever happened to the media doing their homework. RIP Cpl. God rest your soul. I hope you have finally found some peace in this horrific nightmare.

Wilson Fisk: RIP my friend. You deserve the rest. I’ll remember the times I spent with you, and your encouraging words.

Curtis V. McDonald: As a former Peace Officer, I too suffered from PTSD without even knowing. The cold sweats, nightmares and triggers that lead me to an addiction to cope. Help is out there, I know. I survived and continue to heal. My heart and prayers to all that suffer in silence and especially to the families.

Deborah Siu: Shame on the media. He wasn’t a “Pot Smoking Mountie”. He suffered from PTSD, as many do, and was trying to manage the symptoms with marijuana. RIP Ron, sorry you were not treated with compassion.

Trudi Roth: RIP Cpl. Francis. As a fellow Emergency Services worker, my heart is breaking for you, your families, friends and peers. Deepest sympathies to all. Sending you all healing strength and love.

Bart Johnston: Another sad tragedy……compassion is supposed to be without bias or judgement……Thanks Cpl. Francais for your dedication…….all the best to his family, friends, and community

Robyn Richardson: RIP Cpl. Ron Francis. It’s not always easy to reach out when you have PTSD. God bless his family & friends.

Evelyn Laing: So very sad blessings that he may find peace and condolences to the family losing a loved one this way just shatters the loved ones left, but can’t even imagine the struggle and pain the one who is struggling goes through

Susan Day: Ron, you will be greatly missed by your friends and family. My deepest sympathies to his family. frown emoticon

Bernard Dudka: RIP Cpl Francis

Susannah Daugharty: Take your rest now Cpl. Ron, you have earned it! God bless!

John McCarthy: You’re not alone! If you have PTSD please don’t give up the fight! Be strong.

Joy VRad: RIP….Stand easy and know that you will be missed.

Heather Palmer: Prayers to his family

Brigitte Gignac: Sincere condolences to family, friends and all those touched by this tragedy … So sad.

Nathalie Lanteigne: I’m so sorry.

Juliet Walden: So devastating to read of yet another loss. Please let us take care of one another…

Stephanie Estabrooks: I hope the family gets privacy so they can grieve .So sorry for such a loss

Stephanie Estabrooks: I hope the media has some decency and NOT use that HORRIBLE title of “pot smoking ” mountie !!!

Debbie Best-pug: Heartfelt Sympathy for Ron”s family and friends. May he Rest in Peace. It saddens me that he did not receive the help he so desperately wanted. Anyone who serves should be treated with RESPECT and never kicked when they are down! Shame on the RCMP!

Terry Albright: I have PTSD and am so sorry to see how this brave man was treated.

Kathy MacDougall: I lost a very close friend several yrs ago, she was a Cpl. In the RCMP and an angel!! God Bless these families

Robin Guyette: I lost my brother Cory (34 yrs old) just this past July. My heart goes out to the family. I know he they feel and the questions that they are trying so hard to seek as I seek the same one. This is something that needs to be addressed. I just recently took place in my first of many to come suicide awareness prevention walk.

Stephanie Bucholtz: RIP Cpl Francis. My heart goes out to the family and friends left behind. Xo

Sharon Hennessey: PTSD has such a strong stigma attached to it that you have to be a very strong person to reach out and ask for help. All first responder’s who are struggling with PTSD: please reach out to others who are in the same situation.. no matter the uniform yo…See More

Jackie Mitchell: He asked for help, and apparently never got enough. RCMP should be ashamed of how this was handled. So should the media.

Lorraine Wrigglesworth: Some of the RCMP ought to be holding their heads in shame, along with the media. Ron could have received the respect and dignity he deserves.

Bandy Anderson: Asking for help is Not a weakness. We live with this every day and are here for those we love.

France Menard: RIP Ron. It breaks my heart. My husband thought highly of you and respected you as a member. My condolences to the family. RIP now, so sad. I’m loss for words, sadden by this horrible news.

Jan Newman Franklin Prayers!! RIP! !!

Luc Vermette: RIP troopmate!

Rhonda Nantais: RIP Cpl. Ron FRANCISCO

Judy Gray-Erl: So sad.

Thomas Heatley: Sorry for your loss.

Patricia Farris: Feeling Heavy Heart for family and friends…I know several people suffering with PTSD…Breaks My Heart…knowing what They and Their Families go through…God… Please Bless Them!!!

Brenda Jules: Condolences to the family.

Jill Dalby-Sharp: So sad.

Lorrie Richardson: My heart goes out to his family and all who suffer from this.

Tracy Bertrim: My thoughts and prayers go to his family.

Patricianne Raven McElroy: Prayers!

Rae Halley: My sympathies to his family. I’m widow of exRCMP and understand how he must have felt…my late husband and I had soooo many friends who suffered. Love to all.

Corinne Carpenter: So sad! This was preventable

Dk Ritchie: Your hurting is over..our sadness has once more begun.. Condolences to family and friends..

Una Papania: Prayers

Ann Marie Noseworthy: So very sorry to hear this. My heart is breaking for his family!

Michel LeBlan: So sad

Dallis Nimmo: R.I.P

Kevin King: Poor guy…

Gail Byrne: Rest In peace ! It is so sad that it has to end so tragically and people do not seem to understand until it is too late! My heart goes out to his family !!!!!

Andrea Nadeau: Ron’s familiy – so sorry for your loss. He must have suffered terribly. My heart goes out to you.

Carol Grant: an unspeakable tragedy…my heart sank when I heard of this on the news….I had to wonder if there had been some kindness would this have happened?

Wody Bergquist: Condolances to family, friends and fellow officers.

Tom Bristow: SADNESS

Bill McLaughlin: So sorry to hear about this. I lived with a father from WWII who did battle in Ortona Italy. He was full blown PTSD and believe me that is no picnic. He wasn’t taken all that serious and in those days “soldiers” didn’t admit to such “failure” or “weakness”. He and our family paid a heavy price for something no one would appreciate was real.

Julie Holland: RIP be finally at peace, condolences to those left behind.

Luc Perreault: R.I.P. Ron.

Debbie Clouter Shea: Respect, sir. RIP.

Soulfull Fayant: My heart and prayers are with Ron and his family. My grandfather is a war veteran, lived with us for the last three years of his life and use to wake out of his sleep screaming and crying…each night was scary and unpredictable. He passed peacefully in his sleep in 1994. I can’t imagine what this family must be going through frown emoticon PTSD is so complicated and scary.

Andrea Taylor McNair: thoughts and prayers go out to Ron’s family…Rest in Peace Ron.

Carol Lee Johnston-Arsenault: RIP Cpl Ron Francis, my thoughts and prayers are being sent for the family.

Brenda Young: RIP…send our prayers to the family

Linda Bora: No this did not need to happen, RIP Cpl Ron Francis! Don’t know how these people are going to help us because no one will join up if they aren’t protected first. It scares the hell out of me!

Sylvie Marie: Our sincere condolences to the whole family. It is such a sad loss…. Sending hugs to all of you. Sylvie & Doug xo

Cindy Manzer: So sad

Suzan Croft: So sad…this did not have to happen… frown emoticon

Sue Jacobs: My prayers and condolences to cpl. Ron Francis’s family. May you RIP as you begin your journey to the spirit world.

Ge Anne: RIP

Cathy Lynn VanIderstine: Deeply sorry….heart goes out to his family and friends. frown emoticon

Bernee Prosser: So sad, he went to an extreme to seek help and awareness, he didn’t deserve this. To the people who turned your back on Ron, you have to live with this. RIP

Lori Annie: So very sad. RIP, Cpl. Francis. Prayers for your family.

Paulette Allen: How very sad.

Laura La-Belle: May his soul rest in peace … he deserves to finally be at peace

The Lithium Chronicles: Stopping by to show my support. Love and Light to you all. I’m so very sorry and deeply saddened by the death of Cpl. Ron Francis. May he find peace, and may you all find it as well. Nicole.

Céline Morin Chassé: This is so sad, sympathies to the family and friends and RCMP. RIP.

Eunice Cunningham: Serve & protect… Isn’t that the slogan for the RCMP? So what happened to protecting you’re own? It is really sad when the brass decide they have to protect themselves from being publicly humiliated. They are not thinking of this individual as Human Being! They are thinking politically … Which is sad, he was prescribed this medical marihuana by his physician so therefore it’s legit… He could not get any support from his superiors so he had to turn to something that eased his pain & suffering . This is what I would call…SERVE & PROTECT your health also. Condolences to the family & RIP CPL. Francis whom I call a HERO. Don’t let politics get in the way & give this Cpl. A proper burial he deserves. After all he served & protected our society.

Dave Barnet: Another needless end. May your soul rest in peace.

Louise Blais Pyers: Another tragic loss. Rest in Peace.

Karen St.Onge: RIP Cpl. Francis.

Mark Walsh: Rest easy Cpl

Betty Delaney: Condolences to the family, very sad the way they portrayed this man in the news a real shame rip dear man.

Jackie Smith Neumann: Heartbreaking. R.I.P. Cpl Francis.

Sharon Fowler Thoughts are with the family ,friends and the amazing troops of the RCMP . PTSD is alive and we need to take of our service provides . God bless

Ruby Gladu: Hugs and prayers to all families and RCMP members!!!! Rip Cpl. Ron Francis

Krystyna Shirley Rabin: Xxoo

Richard Denny: PTSD very hard to deal with and the most who don’t understand or feel it !! but ways I deal with it Ex.Fireman and ex addition worker front line 13 years take care sad lose Cpl. Ron Francis

Isabelle Richard: RIP My sympathy to all of you frown emoticon

Dee Straw: Prayers for his family and friends.

Jean Davis Rockwell: RIP young man you are in a much better place, love to your family and friends. Bless you

ADiana L’Hohne: God’s Speed to a kinder place. It sadness me that the police/RCMP are so limited in special help. Prayers to family, colleges and friends and to all who hurt from these tragedy.

Lynn Brooks: Very sad to hear another lost to PSTD RIP Ron there just isn’t enough help for anyone with this condition I know firsthand I am one of them and I will continue my battle with this horrible disorder.

Taylor Cato Eggeman: RIP, deepest condolences to his family

Joanne Backstrom: My heart goes out to this wonderful man’s family. I’m so sad to see the help these people so deserve and just give them a pill and send them home not thinking what this man and family are going thru. Rest in peace.

Diane M. Addicott: Rest In Peace . Salute .

Karen Balan: So incredibly sad

Barb Shygera Petelle: I am so sorry to hear this news, my thoughts and prayers go out to this member’s family and friends. I pray for the future of police officers going through PTSD, that they open their hearts and minds to getting the help they need, that they know in their hearts that people care and are available to them and that tomorrow is a new day.

Gary Ingram: R.I.P. Cpl.

Kelly N Todd Donnelly: So very sad. Such a shame that this had to end in such a tragic way.

Rhonda Klingerman: Heart breaking ,May he RIP

Charlene Briem: Prayers to his family and all the RCMP families

Jason Jex Bernard: Rip Ron.

Donna Fowler: So so sorry for the loss of another police officer. Rest in peace

Lloyd Hodgins: RIP Hero RIP and thank you for your service.

Adrian Pavanel: Rip

Mike Muranetz: Am sorry to hear. RIP Cpl

Allen Pribyl: Very sad!

Andrea Mydonick: My heart goes out to his family coworker and friends! God Bless!

Brian Schafer: So sad to keep hearing this. RIP

Gunton Karine: RIP Cpl

Shelley Zur: RIP. Very sorry for the suffering and loss him and his family went though and are going though

Bonnie Barton: So tragic! frown emoticon he was so devastated losing his red serge! Which lost him … My condolences to his family .. So sad!

Sheri Tourangeau: So very sad. Wish he gotten better help. RIP Cpl Francis.

Karen Karebare: Condolences to family and friends.

Gisele Martin: RIP…thank you for your service…..hope you now find the peace you longed for.

Richard Basha: Much sympathy to his family. Another member gone too soon

Kristie D Robbins: RIP Cpl Francis

Alan Harris: Our prayers are with you all for this tragic loss he may be gone but is at peace and

Derrick Collins My condolences to his family. RIP.

Judie J Birns: Heartbreaking

Kylie Aglukark: Very sad, sending my thoughts and prayers to family and friends of Cpl Francis, may you rest in peace.

Mike W Dee: RIP cpl Francis. I don’t know you but stand easy fellow brother. 10-7

Karen Anketell: So sad….may you rest in peace.

Ron J.Meade: The presence of PTSD and its effects many branches of service and for some reluctant to even attempt to gain aid….here in Ron’s case genuine efforts were made but i don’t feel appropriate actions were taken . How many others will end up like this…just this past June another RCMP police officer who I had know also took life….right now aiding these victims suffering from PTSD should be the main objective.

Cathe Douglas: There are too many police officers dying across this country. Rest in Peace Ron. Condolences to his family. This should never of happened.

Kathryn Rockhill: RIP.

Shirley Landry: So so sad, RIP.. You were a Hero to so many, God Bless you for your Duties..

Malou Schipper: RIP Cpl Ron Francis

Corinne Lunney: It is very, very sad to know that the RCMP, with all its resources available to them, didn’t do more to help this young. RIP Cpl. Francis.

Annette Chamberlain: God bless!!!!

Tim Lewis: Rest in Peace Brother. RCMP we grieve your loss. Stay vigilant Sheepdogs.

Casey Bryan: RIP Cpl Francis

Melissa Morey: Pease is finally found,, May he fly with the highest Angels and may his spirit help, comfort, and aid others battling PTSD as I struggle everyday with it.. May his friends and family find comfort knowing his wings will be spread wide, God bless..

Tina Reid-Rowe: RIP Sir. Your battle is fought. Now rest in the arms of the Angels

Albert Petrides: Really sad day. RIP Brother.

Blu Angel: May Cpl. Francis fly with the angels.

Mary Canning :Constable Francis you are not alone ……….you will be sadly missed …….may you rest in peace and may PTSD be recognized …..R.I.P cpl Ron Francis

Crystal Walsh: RIP….respect given and deserved….thanks for the years of service….

Claire Bo: The whole episode is tragic and saddening…for all people

Janet Cote: My mother was a S.Cst. in the RCMP, I’m a survivor of PTSD, sadly my brother took his own life in 2000. It is truly sad to see someone not able to get the help that is needed. My condolences to Cpl. Francis RIP and suffer no more.

Marni Dlin: So sorry what a tragedy!

JeanMarie N Michael Cubberly: RIP

Glenda Weaver Duguid: May he have found peace and know that God has taken him home, heartfelt prayers and condolences to his family and friends. Thank you for your service to our Country.

Becky Brown: So sad, so sorry to hear this, God bless

Debbie Martin Ross: I am so sorry for your loss!

Andy Alex: Our, “GOOD WORK ” Is so easily forgotten.

Barbara Boye Blake: RIP Cpl. Ron. My sincere Condolences to your loved ones.

Gerald A Brown: Rip brother all the best to friends and family.

Blair Paul: Sending prayers to Ron n his family and everyone should take note of his valuable years of service for his country

Trenna Hurst: This is very sad…

Mary Hamlin: So sorry for your loss. I know It’s a terrible disease !!! heart emoticon

Lori Dowling: Rest in Peace. A great loss.

Rose Dauvin: RIP Cpl Francis…

Gerald Prosser: RIP Sir!

Dawn Luzzi: How sad frown emoticon

Raven Lynn Maygard: R.I.P good boy

Gabe Murphy: God Bless the Family .RIP Cpl. Ron Frances

Linda Mitchell Rest in peace Ron. Prayers and blessing to your family. You made a statement that won’t soon be forgotten

Becky Steenbergen: God help this grieving family. I am so VERY sorry. God bless them all

Juanita Curtis: Rest in peace

Evelyn Thibodeau: My prayers go out to his family, they have suffered with him. I feel that his red serge should never have been taken from him as it really affected him, all he had to do was not wear it

Judy Lovett: RIP Corporal Francis !!!

Cindi Borax: RIP Cpl Francis.

Patricia Allison: Our hearts go out to all his family and friends….. So terribly sad…..

Tobi Welin: RIP…This is so beyond sad…condolences to his family and friends…

Bert Jager: Rest in peace officer.

Glen Dah Lynn: Sad…pray he has found peace. Condolences to his family and friends.

Jill Blake: So sad thoughts with the family God Bless R.I.P.

Steve Woolnough: Rest in Peace.

Jill Carleton: So sad…

Marilyn Hastings: R.I.P.CONSTABLE FRANCIS. ….TO YOUR POST DISMISSED…..

Remembering Cpl. Ken Barker

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Tami Brisson: I am proud to have called Ken my friend for over 28 years. Ken & Shari & my husband Paul & I were posted to Nanaimo, BC. Our children are the same age, and consider each other as family. We are deeply saddened by this devastating news. I hope and pray that Ken is at peace. We will meet again to laugh and maybe even sit on the beach dreaming of Gondola Pizza. We love you Ken. We will continue to love and look after Shari, Kelly & Sam. RIP my dear friend.

Judi Watt: RIP my friend…I will miss you here on earth…and know your girl ‘Axa’ has been waiting for you over the rainbow bridge!! She’ll be showering you with tail wags and unconditional love forever now! You were a true friend with a beautiful soul through and through. Good-bye Ken.

Trisha Rosenbaum Brown: An angel among men and one of the kindest souls I ever knew.

RIP friend…. wish things were different. You made a difference.

Niki Partridge: It was a very sad day at HQ today. Ken, rest in peace. Always a friendly smile. Thoughts and prayers for your family and friends.

Don Romanik: I had the pleasure of working with Ken years ago in Nanaimo as well. Such a kind gentle man who always put others first. It was an honor to have known him as a friend & co-worker.

RIP Kenny B

Sheryl Armstrong: My thoughts and prayers go out to Kens family. I worked with him in the 90s in Nanaimo and he was an excellent police officer but more important he was dedicated to his mother and other family members. Every time I hear of another member going through this I am reminded we all need to help each other. Sometimes we do not even know we are struggling with PTSD and we need to ensure we support them through it once it is recognized. I hope other members suffering with this will reach out and know there is support.

Jacquie Genaille: Rest peacefully, Ken. It was an honour and a privilege to work with you. I’ll cherish the great memories. Thoughts, prayers and love to the families.

Stella Jane: Ken was a wonderful soul and a faithful servant. Just like his partners. Unconditional and trustworthy. We will remember him always from his Ethelbert posting. My heart goes out to you Shari and family from Aggie and family. We are also affected by PTSD in Paramedic and Fire services and need to continue to raise awareness in all our communities.

Diane Gagnon: So very, very sad. Ken, may you finally find peace. The world has lost a gem! Thoughts and prayers for your family and friends.

Barb Sherstone: One doesn’t remember everyone you worked with 25 years ago, only the special ones. Ken was one of those. It was so nice to see you and Shari again in 2003 on Hecla Island of all places – it was a happy time. I’m so sorry there weren’t more of those. Most sincere condoleances to Shari and the rest of the family as you struggle to cope through this tragedy.

Tania Dawn: Kenny ‘At Peace’ in Churchill a few months before his passing.

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Holly Cox : Tragic. So sad. We knew Ken personally as a teen and as a young Officer. This is a horrific loss of a generous loving honest and admirable human being. Deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to his family and friends. RIP Ken. You will be sadly missed. And … Thank You for your service. A great Officer …an amazing K9 Dog Handler. . So sad

Suzanne Joynt-Kirkup: Rest in Peace Ken. It was an honour to have worked with you. My heart is breaking for you & your family.

Karen Joanne Krasicki:  I was so very honored to have known & worked with Ken. He was such a wonderful person and it is such a horrible loss to everyone who ever came into contact with Ken. God bless his family. May he find peace at last.

Eric Edmonds: I am totally shocked by this news. I worked with Ken and was a neighbour in Selkirk Manitoba. What a great man, friend and Member. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Thanks for your service Ken. RIP

Amanda Dodgson: From an E division pds family, we are so sorry for the loss of Ken. May his family feel our thoughts and prayers.

Dave Mitchell: RIP Ken. A top notch member and handler. A pleasure to have known and worked with Ken at the start of his career.

Gord Kowalchuk: I worked a couple of files with Ken and whenever he was on scene, I thought to myself, “Yes! we have part of the “A” Team here.” Godspeed Ken, God bless all of your family and your inner circle of friends who will miss you.

Rhonda Dickens: Ken you were everything a RCMP officer could be. You were a gentleman, your sensitivity, humour and professionalism.

Kim’n Gary Watt-Senner: As a retired RCMP officer with PTSD, I know how hard it is to get to ‘remission’. Some of us do not have tragedies like the one cpl ken witnessed…but have others in its place which are equally heartbreaking. My heart goes out to Ken’s family…to you Ken: I hope you enjoy your Angel’s wings…as you have earned them. To others with PTSD: keep reaching out. Remission doesn’t mean it’s gone. We just learn to walk beside it. RIP

Jim Burton: So tragic. As a retired RCMP officer with PTSD I can relate. My thoughts are with Ken’s family.

Mark A Wood: I never knew Ken, but know exactly what he felt. I am a retired officer from England having taken a short pension to move here after dealing with My own PTSD for 16 years. That was 5 years ago. There is hope but it is a struggle, I will always be afflicted by it , but i have learned to cope. Sharing is the best antidote, but hard to do. ANY officer who feels is suffering will ALWAYS be welcome to contact me, and i will do whatever i can to help, as one who has lives to tell the tale. My respect remains with all those that have or continue to serve. I am proud to have been a part of the international Police Family.

Karen Hiebert Mundey: RIP Kenny, may you have finally found peace. I never knew you but Simon did when you were a young man. Our deepest condolences to your family. No one will ever understand what our peace officers go through so that we can be safe. All the horrific things you see daily. Thank you for your service.

Ki Kruk: I worked with Ken in Nanaimo many years ago. I am very saddened to learn of his passing. RIP Ken. My condolences to his family.

Rae Banwarie : Those that had the honour and pleasure of working with Ken are deeply saddened by his passing and share in your grief. Ken was also a fighter. He fought the battle against Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as best he could and it is clear that the support he had from you and his extended family helped to bolster him in that struggle. You all played a key role in helping him get through each day. Unfortunately, as many of us know, PTSD is a tireless enemy and as hard as we fight, sometimes that enemy cruelly takes our loved ones from us. Our members will never forget the battle you and Ken fought and we admire your strength, courage and immense love for one another.

Sheila Cummer Thacker: So sad, thoughts and prayers for those left behind!

My love and thoughts are with his beautiful family, Shari, Sam and Kelly. Ken will be greatly missed, he was a wonderful person.

Trever Andrew: What they sacrifice for the public is more than we see or know. I am sorry to Corporal Baker and to his family.

Thank-you Corporal Baker for looking after our streets and keeping them safe and giving your life for us thank-you thank-you.

Sherry Wood: I worked for the RCMP for over 20 years and remember Ken very well from D Division. I can’t imagine what his family and friends are going through right now. This is so very sad. Ken was a very nice person and I am sure he will be very sadly missed. RIP. My condolences to his family and friends.

Randall McHugh: I had many discussions with Ken about PTSD, poor soul I have a heavy heart tonight…..

Janette Reinson: RIP Ken you were an awesome dog handler, my deepest sympathy to your family and coworkers.

Ben Fage: It was a pleasure working to you Ken. I know you will be missed. Rest easy

Allan Cash: Ken was a wonderful man and always had a smile on his face. So sad to see him go. He will be sadly missed. RIP Ken!

Annabelle Dionne:  RIP Cpl Barker… May your family and friends be blessed forever. May others hurt by PTSD find some hope, same little or just by remembering that the word exist for a reason, find the courage to just to let the storm be… One more day… One more breath… You are not alone. Please don’t give up!

Barclay Monias: I grew up with Ken and was his classmate for many years through my childhood. I am heart broken at this news. On behalf of the entire Harder family, my condolences to Ken’s family and Ken’s RCMP family.

Aaron Dumas: I grew up with Ken in Fort Garry and was his classmate for many, many years. On behalf of the entire Harder family, our deepest condolences to Ken’s family and the RCMP.

Jeff Rose-Martland: Corporal Ken Barker, thank you for your service to us all and for maintaining the right for Canada. May your next post be restful and the demands gentle.

To Corporal Barker’s family – thank you for sharing this fine individual with us. Canada grieves with you.

Carey Rattenbury: I will always have you in my heart uncle. You are a hero xoxoxo

Stan Gillespie: So sorry to hear this

The general public for the most part are not privy to what these guys go through and many are so fast to condemn

I say walk a mile in their shoes!!!!!

So sorry to all the family and members

Coreena Brodersen Kornel: The willingness to be so open and honest with the details of Mr. Barker’s passing needs to be acknowledged. It is the only way to break down the stigmas not only of PTSD, but of suicide in general.

Shame keeps people silent and suffering in the dark… Yucky things grow in dark places. Silence only perpetuates the feelings of despair and hopelessness.

My heart goes out to the family and friends of Mr. Barker, and I sincerely thank you for shining a light in this dark place.

Leah A Rissesco: My heart and prayers go out to this family. PTSD is one of the worst silent killers we have amongst our emergency responders. So sad for everyone involved.

Alan McLauchlan: So sad. This was totally preventable. WE NEED TO DO MORE!!! RIP

Marina Graham: Rest in peace Sir. Thank you for your service.

Jackie Campbell Pascoe: My sincere condolences to the family. Cpl. Ken Barker has my respect and gratitude for his service.

Stella Jane: For those who do not know what the acronym stands for- it is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Years ago it was referred to as ” shell shock” in the military. People who serve and their country and communities are at risk due to exposure to horrific traumatic experiences outside the typical human experience. Please be compassionate to one another as a tribute to those who have and do suffer. Hugs.

Shari Parkhill Charnock: Such a sad and tragic loss……my deepest sympathies to his family. Cpl Barker……may you now find the peace in your soul that so eluded you on this earth. Your dedication took you to dark places that most of us cannot even imagine. Thank you for your service.

Kay Denise Lewis: Oh my. My heart just aches for the family. There are no words to comfort them. Thank you for your service Ken It takes a very special person to become a member of the RCMP, Time to rest your thoughts now.

Julie Anne Feilberg: It is so terrible. I am so sad. This needs more recognition and the officers need MORE help.

THANKYOU Cpl. Ken. Barker for all your years of selfless duty. May you rest in Peace with The Lord.

Kim Thornicroft: Thank you Cpl Barker for everything you’ve done. Your efforts were appreciated. And thank you to your family also.

Ellen Bryden: I often think about the impact that certain parts of this job have on an officer and their family… How do they cope after being exposed to very gruesome and violent cases? Although there are so many positive outcomes, this is one sad and unfortunate reminder of the psychological impact on officers. God bless Corporal Barker and his family💕

Wendy Lee: I’m so sorry. The job is dangerous and stressful and often judged by outsiders. I am one Canadian who is genuinely thankful for the men and women who choose this road to help protect us all. My heart goes out to his family.

Carrie M McLeod: My biggest an deepest condolences, I suffer badly from PTSD and I can only imagine what this wonderful man tried to manage in his heart and soul. May he be at rest now.

Debbie Kynoch: My deepest condolences to his family – PTSD is so serious and affects so many – a silent killer – may all those affected reach out and may more resources be brought forward to those in need!!!

RIP Corporal Barker!!

Cameron Abrey: Extremely sad…my heart goes out to the family and to the friends and coworkers of Cpl. Barker. Rest in peace sir and thank you for your service!

Kelly Sommer: My condolences to Cpl Barker’s family both personal and professional. Please let there be no more after him. RIP Cpl. Barker

Clifford Gerow: My prayers to his family and colleagues. May he now find peace.

Diane L Urbanec: My mom taught me 60 years ago that when you hear a siren, you stop to pray for those needing help and those rushing to help.

Lesley Cass: My thoughts and prayers are extended to the Barker family and officers who worked with Cpl. Barker. My wish is that maybe today one officers will read the words of support from this and seek help. My second wish is that Cpl Barker has found peace. RIP and thank you for your service.

Susan-Wes Larnie: So sorry to hear this news. May he RIP.

Sandra Dowhan: This drives home the message that there has to be more awareness of the effects of PTSD, and much more support for those afflicted. The problem is being barely acknowledged at present …but I have hope that things will change in time.

Steve N Beverly: Ken Baker Rest in Peace my Northern brother. Prayers to the families both blood & blue. Sgt. Steve Baker, Diboll PD Tx.

Pat Slatter: As the widow of a police officer, I understand the terrible pressure on officers attending such horrendous incidents, and my heart goes out to his family and colleagues. RIP

Stacey Laidlaw: Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and co-workers. Thank you for your service and dedication.

Rudy Callbeck: My thoughts and prayers are with Ken’s family and friends, as well as to all members at D Div.

Robert Poitras: May God bless him and his family!

Scott MacPherson: Sad day.

Barry Karen Hagemeister: My heart is heavy and sad…I’m soo sorry for the loss of another retired hero…my thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends….Rest in Peace Sir thank you for all you did while serving our country…God Bless

Lynette Ristau: Prayers brother. I pray that all the sadness has been lifted from you and that you are at peace.

Amanda Ritchot: Rip … Thinking of all his family and friends through this tough time!

Dave Boyce: RIP my friend

Christopher Gosselin: RIP to all our Brothers and Sisters!!

Linda Pierce Larsen: Prayers and sorrow being sent from Illinois USA

Melanie Wagner Such sad news

Deborah Attiittuq Klengenberg: Condolences to family & friends….his sufferring is finally over. RIP

Deanne McLeod: may he rest in peace ! Sympathies to all the family and friends !

Bill Turner: So very sad. RIP Cpl Baker.

Trish Gibb: RIP Cpl Baker. May you find the peace that eluded you these past years.

Edith R.Frenette: Something needs to be done to prevent this. Prayers to the family.

Marilyn Roberts: He deserved a better life after all he gave for protecting us.

Sandy Shaw: So very sad for his friends and family tremendous loss. RIP.

Kevin E. James: PTSD is real and devastating to those whose life it impacts. Please support anyone who is touched by this very serious mental health issue!

Pam Rose: R.I.P…….we need to take this more seriously, and offer support.

Philip J. Hamm: May this sorrow not be in vain, much more must be done, so much more.

Rose Tice: To the family we grew up across the street from the Barker family are deepest sympathy to you all . Stick together and keep the memories alive . Ken party hard with your family and friends up there in freedom land. Love Melinda , Rose and Elmer

Trish Buchanan: I’m sad and heartbroken. Sending love, lots of love to his family. I lost my police officer husband Paul Buchanan to suicide on March 12, 2013. Rest in peace Ken Barker.

Tannis Burton: How very sad. Thank you Cpl Baker for your service, and to all the members who sacrifice daily to protect and uphold the law.

Jen Klapp: The entire community mourns… Hold your heads high dear heroes, and never be ashamed of the horror that haunts you.

Oakley Millen: Totally understand. May you find peace that could not be found in life.

Bev Pete: Let the ‘silence’ of PTSD be silenced… R.I.P. Brother.

Martha Neufeld: R.I.P. My condolences to the family. I am the mother of a Firefighter/First Responder and the Aunt of a RCMP officer. They have seen and experienced so much I would have liked to have shielded them from and I am so proud of them! God bless.

Martin Bradbury: My prayers for all those who suffer. My thanks for all you do.

Russ Barkhouse: These are happening too frequently in all branches of First Responders. Prayers for the family and all affected. Rest In Peace Cpl. Barker.

Lloyd R. Brownell: Prayers and condolences to the family and coworkers or Cpl. Barker. God bless you.

Beth Sorensen: How sad.

Linda M Edwards: My sincere condolences to all … frown emoticon

Yvonne Amos: So very sorry & sad this happened. Thinking of all the others & families out there too, struggling with the pain of trauma & losses.

Margo Desjardin:s Sad, another good man down

Gerry Barrett: RIP

Donna Weisgerber: I am so sorry and sad that these fine people have to suffer so much.

Jennie Bignell: So very very sad.

Ron N Vanessa: Much Respect. Condolences. So sad. frown emoticon

Viki Cyr: God bless him and his family

Melinda Goodwin-Humphries: So very sad to have lost another officer. Prayers and condolences for the family and friends. RIP

Cecelia Stappler: That is so sad to lose another police officer RIP

Michael Hetzel: Sad story!!!! R.I.P.

Cheryl Braun: RIP cry emoticon

Amanda Russell: Rest in peace Ken.

Beth Ray-Thorne: Rest in peace now Ken.

Connie Blaeser: Rip as you did not on earth! May your soul be free of pain. May God heal the hearts of all who are left behind!!! God bless!

Clayton Watts: Rest in peace now Kenny .So sad RIP

Cheryl Van Der Raadt: A very important message! Please share!

Robert Sullivan: RIP

Grace Fredin: Our condolences to the family, so sorry.

Cindy Kelly: Such a loss.

Vicki Morrison: So very sorry to hear this. RIP

Alex Taylor: Our RCMP are courageous and incredible. Rest easy Cpl Barker. You will never be forgotten. Sending love to his family from Alberta.

Gonzo Rocha: Very sad news. My thoughts and prayers.

Cynthia Hamu: My thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones and colleagues. May he rest in peace.

Judy Ramm: Awful. So, so sad.

Murielle Pitre: Oh this is so sad

Jodie Russell: Very tragic news! I lost my husband to suicide in 2011…my heart goes out to his family and friends

Marlene Flood: Such sad news, deepest sympathies to his family & friends.

El Gallo Lpmc: Godspeed brother.

Cathie Hackenschmidt-Marshall: God Bless him and his family. I hope he’s found his peace at last.

Cynthia Martin: My deepest condolences to family and friends. May he find peace now.

Barbara Wozny: A very sad day for his family and friends. PTSD is not understood by most people and everyone deals with it differently and its causes vary but the symptoms are the same in so many ways.

Jeri Featherley: RIP brother…..

Dena Davidson-Johnson: My heartfelt condolences to family and friends

Lani Drechsler: Our hearts definitely go out to his family and all law enforcement.

Trina Ryma: My thoughts and prayers to his family and friends. RIP Ken.

Wendy Cotterhill-Devaux: My heart goes out to all suffering from PTSD

Florence Merrick: Prayers of courage and love to his family,10-42

Janet Hickey-Trim: My heart breaks for all of those that knew, loved, met, cared for and about Ken Barker. He sounds like he was a wonderful man. May he rest in peace and that his family and colleagues will stay strong.

Donna Blunt: Deepest sympathy to the family and his friends, as they struggle through this.

Dawna Gillie Morse: God speed Corporal. Thoughts and prays to your family and friends.

Mauri Cadieux: Peace to you Ken and to your family. May we find a way to turn down the volume on disparaging/tramatic thoughts.

Bekkah Dady: My condolences

Allison Lemieux: Thoughts and prayers to his friends, family, and Co-workers.. RIP.

Ann Chaisson: My deepest sympathies to the family. Hugs Prayers sent your way…Such a terrible thing for anyone to deal with. May he rest in peace!!

Karin Tebbutt Cope Carson: My thoughts and prayers to him and his family

Judith Allison: Sad

Adrian Cadmus-Dixon: My deepest condolences to the Barker family and comrades. May he rest in peace.

Helena Paxton: so sad x

Margaret Larnie: God rest his soul. RIP Canadian Hero

Jenna Matthijsse: RIP

Louise Hourie: Good god. There’s nobody to help these brave people who put their lives on the line every day to help us?

Lyle McKellar: A moment of reflection.

Ellen Waite: so sad

Kelsey Anne Canning: this is terribly sad frown emoticon RIP my thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends

Becky Kane Joseph: These stories are so sad and so unnecessary, if given the help, these brave men and women to who protect and serve our country could live long and heathy lives. God rest his poor soul.

Colleen Ginter: The events of that tragedy were so horrific, it would take a compassionate, expert traumatologist to help and support and help witnesses to find meaning. I am appalled that there was no provision for this. Really? Unconscionable.

Collin Cadotte: It’s a very sad day. RIP my friend.

Diane Carlberg: It takes a special person to even put themselves out there to protect us. We need to do more to keep those brave people with us.

David Gutherz: Rip clp. Baker May the Lord our God grant your family peace of mind.

Jody Giles-Foster: May you soar with the Angel’s Cpl Barker…thank you for your service and all you have done!!

Trish Bergal: With love and prayer to Shari, Kelly, Sam and to all PTSD survivors

Tanya Craft McCarthy: We really have no idea what our first responders see and hear on a daily basis. God bless Cpl. Barker and his family. I hope he now has found peace he couldn’t find here on earth.

Kelly Ladouceur: Rest in peace Corporal Barker.

Corrie Pages : I dad the chance to meet him and he was a super nice man.

Christina Eddy: Healing and positive thoughts to the loved one involved in this tragedy.

Rebecca Ternahan-Henry: So sad

Jenn Urquhart: It’s pretty hard to erase trauma…

So many heroes with PTSD and not enough being done 😦

Shelley Bjornson: This is truly a tragedy…not just for those who knew Ken personally, but for all of Canada as well. Your kindness, compassion, and quiet sense of humor will be forever missed Ken. RIP friend.

Beryl St. Germain: Oh my! How sad.

Brian Kautz: From a military man to your familly…. May you rest easy and know you did your job above and beyond the Call of duty, and may your family find peace and comfort.

Barbara Charney-Osborne: My sympathies for his Family. RIP

Allison Howlett: So so sad. My heart goes out to his family

Sue Dault Macaula: I am so very sorry for the families loss. Very sad.

Barbara McKnight-Perry: Very saddened to hear this. RIP …thoughts and prayers to family, friends and coworkers

Chuck Cooper: Rest easy, brother.

Nancy Hewitt: So sorry to hear, I know a suicide is hard to deal with plus the loss of that person. RIP

Ann Maxwell: Rip so sad

Sandy Henry-Jim Jamer: RIP:(

Amanda Balak: Very heavy heart for Ken and his family, rest peacefully Ken

Christine Catherine Coleman: Thank you so much for your

Service !!!!!

RIP.. and my Heartfelt Condolences to the Family…

Gods Comfort be yours…

Dean Langton: RIP officer

Beth Elhard: So sorry. RIP

Debbie Brandt: Rest in Peace. To the family my heartfelt condolences.

Annie Harris: Tears…and heaviness of heart…my heart and my soul and prayers go to this family grieving with loss … I lost my sister to suicide in 1989 … it is an excellent thing that is being done to bring light to the trauma of PTSD .

Danielle Hagen: Oh my. I am so sorry to hear this news rest in peace and thank you for your service to this country and all those in it. ♡

Wayne Patterson: That is so sad!Prayers for his family!

Ikke Ikke: RIP Sir.

Cathy Ferguson: Tragic. May he rest in peace.

Janice Pennington Reid: My deepest condolences to Sam, Sheri and Kelly. RIP Ken. frown emoticon

Bev Ramsey :This makes me so so sad. Rest in peace

Dean Zcoch: Very sad. Thoughts and prayers with the family, friends and co workers Ken.

Florence Hannem: RIP

Andrea Schadeck: I’m sorry to hear this news. Thank you for your service brother. RIP

Jodie Forbes: RIP

Rob MacDonald: Rest in peace Sir, thank you for your service.

My condolences to the family of the fallen Mountie. May he rest in peace.

Karen Balan: Prayers for his family and friends. So sad that members see things that have such a terrible impact on their lives. God bless those who ‘protect and serve’.

Gail Radtke: The loss is overwhelming. I am an 18 veteran of the Corrections Branch in BC, we share your pain and suffering. Education is the key, right in recruit training, to prepare Officers for the life that the job demands of them. It is encompassing, the life of a Law Enforcement, First Responder, Emergency Officer can be a daily battle to survive emotionally. My apologizes if I have not included our Military and so many others that give of themselves to serve and protect Canadian Citizens each day, there are many people.

Krista Smith: PTSD is a very real and devastating illness. My heart breaks. Rest in peace.

Sharlyn Sorge: Blessings with prayers.

Mai Azur: God bless his family

Andy Gomez: Rest in peace Cpl. Barker.

Linda Stoyek:  R.I.P. Ken Barker…your struggles are over …may your heart and spirit soar free!

Heather Rose: RIP

Bill Gentle: Rest in Peace my Brother……struggle no more :((((

April Quigley: May he be at peace.

End of Watch Sergeant Léo Girouard

We write this note with heavy hearts, we have lost another RCMP member, Sergeant Léo Girouard who lost his battle with an OSI, Thursday July 2nd, 2015.

Our hearts go out to Léo who struggled for so long, his family who journeyed with him, and all those who knew, worked with and loved him, all of whom are struggling to deal with the aftermath of this tragedy.

Please know that we at Families of the RCMP for PTSD Awareness are devastated and are working tirelessly to do all we can to stop these tragedies from occurring.

We send a plea to each and every one of you to reach out to those who are retired or those you know are struggling with PTSD or an OSI, to both the members and their families, and let them know they are not alone, that you care, we care and we are all here for each other.

RIP Sergeant – You and your contribution to Canada and society will not be forgotten.

Leo Girouard