BOONE COUNTY, Ind. – Boone County Sheriff Mike Nielsen is making an emotional plea for better mental health care for officers after he says he almost lost his daughter to PTSD.
Nielsen and took to Facebook on Tuesday to write about his daughter, Lebanon Police Officer Taylor Nielsen.
Nielsen said Taylor is struggling with PTSD that was triggered by the shocking murder of a mother and her young son earlier this year. Nielsen is referring to the deaths of Katherine Janet Giehll and her 4-year-old son Raymond Peter Giehll who were killed in February by a family member after an argument over family trust funds.
Nielsen said he always thought losing his life would be the ultimate sacrifice, but now he realizes losing his daughter would be the ultimate sacrifice of his career.
“I always thought giving my life would be the ultimate sacrifice on my job,” Nielsen wrote. “I never imagined my decision that day to send my daughter into the autopsy of a young child to document the evidence would have triggered what was almost truly the ultimate sacrifice of my career – my daughter.”
Nielsen didn’t go into details about what happened to his daughter, but he said she wanted him to share this story with the public to save other lives.
“Taylor feels very strongly that this is the beginning of a path that God has laid for her to help others with PTSD. This will be the beginning of our advocacy with her,” Nielsen wrote.
Nielsen is urging people to share his post to raise awareness about PTSD and show support for his “very brave and courageous” daughter.
He also shared this link and urged the public to learn more about PTSD.
According to a study by the Criminal Justice Institute, 60% of male officer and 50% of female officers suffer from PTSD.