I Was Not Able to Protect My Daughter

by Peggy Sweeney
The Sweeney Alliance

Author’s Note: Several years ago, a detective from a metropolitan police department sent me an email concerning the death of his 17-year-old daughter. She had been brutally murdered by her boyfriend and the anniversary of her death was fast approaching. Vince was struggling with several grief issues, one of which was his perception that as a police officer he was unable to protect her and save her life.

With his permission, I am sharing my response to his email in the hopes that it will help other bereaved dads, especially those of you in law enforcement and emergency response who may be coping with some of the same issues. Continue reading “I Was Not Able to Protect My Daughter”