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January 10, 2021

Second Officer Working US Capitol Violence Dies, Reportedly by Suicide

Washington, DC – It was confirmed on Sunday that a second US Capitol Police Officer has died. Officer Howard Liebengood, at the age of 51 years, has died by suicide following the events at the Capitol on January 6.

Officer Liebengood was a 15-year veteran of the department and was serving in the Senate division. He was off-duty when he died.

Capitol Police Union Chairman Gus Papathanasiou said in a statement, “Every Capitol Police Officer puts the security of others before their own safety and Officer Liebengood was an example of the selfless service that is the hallmark of USCP. This is a tragic day.”

It’s been reported that Officer [...]

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September 22, 2020

Finishing the Mission

I never realized just how fast a car could accelerate until the moment it was racing towards me, pedal mashed through the floorboard and engine roaring.   

Here’s what it feels like when you’re about to die. First, your mind does not go blank, as others have suggested. Instead, think, “Limp home mode,” like the setting of a car’s transmission when your car breaks down on the interstate. 

Experts call it “Fight, Flight, or Freeze.” Your brain maintains a few gears to operate on for survival purposes. Time slows as you focus on the threat. Your ears become less critical, so the ability to distinguish sounds [...]

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