Last Updated on December 11, 2023, 8:07 am
Royal Canadian Mounted Police community mourns the loss of its dedicated officer, Corporal Amy Lahoda.
Corporal Amy Lahoda, a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer, passed away by suicide on Saturday, December 9, 2023, leaving loved ones aggrieved and the community reeling with shock and grief. Her death was confirmed by Curtis Zablocki, M.O.M. Deputy Commissioner Commanding Officer, K division, in a statement that read,
“There is no easy way of sharing this tragic news with you other than to be straightforward. This evening, Corporal Amy Lahoda died by suicide.”
What happened to Corporal Amy Lahoda?
According to Curtis Zablocki, Amy contacted some people and shared her distress and intentions. Her colleagues, who responded to the call, tried their best to help Amy and convince her to avoid extreme measures. Their efforts were unsuccessful. The agony that had a hold of her was too overwhelming for her, and she chose to end her life to free herself from the unimaginable anguish she felt while the members were attempting to assist her.
Her tragic passing highlights the challenges faced by members of law enforcement and the importance of mental health support within the highly demanding profession. The RCMP has extended its support for Amy’s devastated family, loved ones, and colleagues during this incredibly difficult time.
Who was Amy Lahoda?
Amy Lahoda was a dedicated officer of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). She was known for her devotion to her challenging job. Her commitment to the betterment of society and desire to serve her community led her to pursue a career in law enforcement.
She graduated from the police academy with top honors and joined the RCMP in 2009. She was posted to Richmond Detachment in E Division after graduating from Depot. She was then assigned to Wood Buffalo, Cochrane, and Airdrie detachments before transferring to G Division in 2022. Amy had recently returned to the K Division and joined the Two Hill Detachment.
The grieving officers who suffered the loss of a cherished member can seek support to process their grief through ‘Need Help Now’ on their work devices. They can also contact Employee Assistance Services at 1-800-268-7708.
If you or someone you love is suffering from mental health issues and need help in Canada, contact Crisis Service Canada at 1-833-456-4566 (Suicide Prevention) or call/text 988, a Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.
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