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Suicide prevention talks at La Crosse Center today



Prevention summit taking place all day

A police call to a tense domestic situation may have been a life-saving moment in the La Crosse area.

People attending a suicide awareness program at Riverside Park Tuesday night heard 29-year-old Katie Desmond speak about a night, years ago, when she threatened suicide and fought with her father. A sheriff’s sergeant who arrived at the Desmond home helped counsel her that night, and her outlook changed after that. 

The sergeant, Mike Valencia, also spoke about his willingness to help troubled people.

From 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. today, more talk about suicide prevention will take place at the La Crosse Center for the Suicide Prevention Summit with keynote speaker Dr. David A. Jobes.

Read more about it here.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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