Hartford Officer Commits Suicide

Hartford Officer Commits Suicide

There are 40 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Apr 2, 2007, titled Hartford Officer Commits Suicide. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Officer Freddy Burgos shot himself outside of the Walgreen's on Farmington Avenue near the Hartford town line, officials said.

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A Garner

Hartford, CT

#3 Apr 2, 2007
This is yet another sad day for a police officer and his family. I am a sister of a Police officer and a daughter of a Police officer, In my opinion it is a lot easier to say then to know or even fathom what these men and women go through on a daily basis. Although their job is to protect and serve our community, our proctors see much more than just what is on the surface and shown on the local news.

These men and women risk their lives daily and tend to push back emotions and feelings of things they see and experience. Surprisingly- actions like this is as easy as saying "he had a tough break-up"

God Bless Officer Burgosí family.

Since: Apr 07

Location hidden

#4 Apr 2, 2007
My prayers go out to the officer and his family. It is a very sad thing for anyone to have to experience.
With that being said. I have to also say. What the heck are you talking about Steven? Yes, police officers are people also. So how would you even begin a process of "better quality control"? We human beings deal with stress in different ways. We choose to talk about or not, to seek treatment or not, to medicate or not. You speak of quality control as if they are a kitchen appliance. Get with it!
Gary

Plantsville, CT

#5 Apr 2, 2007
It's a sad day when anyone takes there own life. And it's always a pleasure to hear from criminals bashing the police.......... I'm 40 years old and have never had a run in with the police, other than being pulled over for speeding. And even then you show them the respect they deserve and 9 out of 10 times they'll tell you to keep the speed down and have a nice day. So stop being a criminal and whining about the police!
KAJM

East Hartford, CT

#6 Apr 2, 2007
My thoughts and prayers go out to Officer Burgos' family and friends.

Steven's comments cannot even be dignified by a response. But I will say, unless you have walked in the shoes of a Police Officer, or stood by ones' side in times like these, you do not and will never understand.
Russ

New Gloucester, ME

#7 Apr 2, 2007
Steven from Vermit control your self. Get real, go some where else for your SOAP BOX

Since: Mar 07

milford

#8 Apr 2, 2007
nobody is whining about the police gary. what happened if the guy missed his head and killed a kid. maybe your kid or mine. in my opinion cops should have a weekly 5-10 min evaluation of their mental health. maybe a doc could pick up on impending problems and recommend some time off or some desk work unarmed. killing yourself is the easy way out. its a real shame that this happened i feel sorry for his friends and family.but you mean to tell me no one saw this coming? its amazing how little attention a citizen gets when he or she kills themselves but when its a police officer its front page news.
Copper Guy

Dover, NH

#10 Apr 2, 2007
Can't face reality, can you Russ? Stay in Maine, you're better off. I don't think you have the right stuff.
Copper Guy

Dover, NH

#11 Apr 2, 2007
The blue wall of silence strikes again, and again, and again. Welcome to Amerika, land of the freeloaders, home of the brave new world.
KMLR

United States

#12 Apr 2, 2007
Unbelievable and cowardly act. Doesn't matter that he was a cop, suicide is ridiculous and only hurts the people left behind. If a coward wants to off themselves, have the heart to go deep into a remote area where your body may never be found. Now, as for the fact that he was a cop, someone else hit it on the head, this could easily have been another murder/suicide like with that trooper diaz. Tougher screening, tougher accountability, and stiffer penalties. Cops, elected officials and appointed officials should be held to a higher standard. Hypocrisy is the worst crime.
Rich

East Hartford, CT

#13 Apr 2, 2007
I was a friend of Freddy. he was a truly good guy. if you met him, any of you. you'd realize that. all he ever wanted was to be a police officer, and not because he wanted to catch bad guys. its because he thought he could make the world a better place. without him, this world is less kind.
Copper Guy

Dover, NH

#15 Apr 2, 2007
V. intelligent, KMLR. Cops violate department guidelines all the time, not to mention violating you "Constitutional" rights, and get away with it--in Real Time. With no accountability. It's unbelievable. Who's this Trooper Diaz? Sounds familiar. Refresh my memory.
enuff

Windsor Locks, CT

#17 Apr 2, 2007
minderaser wrote:
nobody is whining about the police gary. what happened if the guy missed his head and killed a kid. maybe your kid or mine. in my opinion cops should have a weekly 5-10 min evaluation of their mental health. maybe a doc could pick up on impending problems and recommend some time off or some desk work unarmed. killing yourself is the easy way out. its a real shame that this happened i feel sorry for his friends and family.but you mean to tell me no one saw this coming? its amazing how little attention a citizen gets when he or she kills themselves but when its a police officer its front page news.


You know what's amazing to me....? How little attention a citizen gets from news media when he gets in trouble either at work , or at home, and how much attention police officers get when they get in trouble regardless of the circumstances. That's not fair either. When was the last time you saw a front page article about John Q.Public getting arrested for DWI or a fight, or a parking ticket?
Hartford Cops are a joke

AOL

#20 Apr 2, 2007
This is god-awful. I have always said that no life is so worthless as to just throw it out.

Couple of questions:
1) There had to be signs this was coming, didn't anyone see them?
2)What will be done to make sure this isn't repeated? Or at least that this doesn't become common.

I hope the Hartford Police actually use the brains god gave them and make sure this is an isolated incidient.
Jay Tee

Greenfield, MA

#21 Apr 2, 2007
To 'support your local police'

His family is undoubtely too distraught to be looking at this thread, everyone knows that these threads have all kinds of opinions, some respectful, some otherwise.
There is a real issue with police conduct.
I'm pro cop, but I'm only pro 'good cop' and having lived in bridgeport, I've seen lots of bad police conduct.
I also saw lots of bad police conduct in fairfield and we have all read about bad police conduct in stratford.

My point: don't blindly support the police. Support the family, but don't expect this thread to be his memorial. Hard questions will be raised here.
A Garner

Hartford, CT

#22 Apr 2, 2007
Just remember when you are in need of help.. who do you call? These same officers you are all bashing on a local newspaper website.

Sounds like all of this negative energy is being fueled from other instances. previous problems with the law?? Yet people complain when the police are not at the beckon call the minute they pick up the phone for help. What do you do when you need a officer in a emergency situation? If they are all that bad.. then donít call for help. See what happens then.

Since: Apr 07

Location hidden

#23 Apr 2, 2007
Mr. Copper guy,

Strong showing here. Lumping all police officers together is tantamount to stating all people from the northern state are Massholes. Now, no intelligent human being would say something as general as that. Yet you choose to address the whole police population as one. Get over that speeding ticket. Perhaps try growing up as well.
Hartford Cops are a joke

AOL

#24 Apr 2, 2007
A Garner wrote:
Just remember when you are in need of help.. who do you call? These same officers you are all bashing on a local newspaper website.

Sounds like all of this negative energy is being fueled from other instances. previous problems with the law?? Yet people complain when the police are not at the beckon call the minute they pick up the phone for help. What do you do when you need a officer in a emergency situation? If they are all that bad.. then donít call for help. See what happens then.
This is not about feelings about cops, it's about a tragedy. I still think Hartford cops are a joke, but right now its about condolances to the family, not personal opinion.
kjm NH

United States

#25 Apr 2, 2007
If anyone has ever known anyone that has committed suicide, you probably wouldn't be so one sided, it does not matter what job they do or who they are, Suicide is rarely an impulsive act,Being a cop just means he had a little more stress than the rest of us,Being from CT, life is a bit different there, than up north here, Have some decency for his family
Don't be negative,Don't be a masshole
Jess

AOL

#26 Apr 2, 2007
I was a very close friend with Freddy. We lived together in West Hartford for three years. Best roommate I had ever had. He was always there for me and his family. Very kind and compassionate. He loved helping people and animals. He always wanted to be a police officer and when he finally became one he excelled and was very well respected and received in the community. He was there for me when my sister committed suicide four years ago and also came all the way to NH for her funeral. He was there for me and I was there for him. My heart goes out to the Burgos' family. I will miss him dearly.
Social Compact

United States

#27 Apr 2, 2007
Jay Tee wrote:
To 'support your local police'

His family is undoubtely too distraught to be looking at this thread, everyone knows that these threads have all kinds of opinions, some respectful, some otherwise.
There is a real issue with police conduct.
I'm pro cop, but I'm only pro 'good cop' and having lived in bridgeport, I've seen lots of bad police conduct.
I also saw lots of bad police conduct in fairfield and we have all read about bad police conduct in stratford.

My point: don't blindly support the police. Support the family, but don't expect this thread to be his memorial. Hard questions will be raised here.
It is likely that friends and family members will read the story in the Hartford Courant.on line and then click on the link to read the comments and be exposed to your gross violation of common decency There was nothing in the story to suggest police corruption but then in among the comments they will be exposed to the vile and inappropriate cop hating bilge of you and your half wit cop hating buddies. It's almost the only thing you loony toons write about. Over and over again, like a bunch of lame social retards who never grew up. Normally that would be fine but not when it is linked to a news report of an off duty policeman's death. Start your own thread you bunch of inconsiderate, immature low life ignoramuses.

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