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Suicide Prevention program presented at Fulda High School

March 21, 2013

	Pictured above is Deb Peterson, guest speaker at the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program that was held on Thursday morning at Fulda High School.  
 Fulda Free Press Norma Dittman
Fulda Free Press Norma Dittman
Pictured above is Deb Peterson, guest speaker at the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program that was held on Thursday morning at Fulda High School.
Emily Kelley, Brown County Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program, who talked about the program and the many tools that are available to help prevent someone from taking their own life.  
 Fulda Free Press Norma Dittman
Fulda Free Press Norma Dittman
Emily Kelley, Brown County Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program, who talked about the program and the many tools that are available to help prevent someone from taking their own life.
By Norma Dittman, Staff Writer
Students from Fulda High School gathered in the gymnasium on Friday morning to hear the story of Lee Petersen as told by his mom Deb Peterson, Slayton, MN. Presenting information on suicide prevention was Emily Kelley, Brown County Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program.

Eight years ago, Lee was 17 years of age when he made the decision to end his life through suicide. He thought his world had come to an end because his relationship with his girlfriend had been brought to an end. “We had milk and cookies together at 9:30 p.m., and by 2:15 a.m. he walked into our basement and shot himself. We live close to a highway and we heard a noise, but we assumed that it was a truck on the highway that had perhaps blown a tire,” Deb Peterson stated.

Early the next morning Peterson left for Sioux Falls, South Dakota, as her father was having surgery that day. She had just sat down with a cup of coffee at 8:30 a.m., when her cell phone went off. “It was the sheriff calling. I answered it knowing in my heart that it would involve Lee. The dispatcher would not tell me what was going on, just that it was imperative for me to go right home,” Peterson stated.

On the road toward home, Peterson called her oldest daughter Missy and asked if she could please tell her what was happening. “ Missy had called for the ambulance after finding her brother in the basement. But before they sent the ambulance out, they asked Missy to go back downstairs and kick his foot to see if there was any life in him. The one who will find you is the one who loves you the most,” Peterson stated.

Peterson asked Missy if anyone else was in the house that she could talk to and soon found herself talking with a Murray County Deputy. “He didn’t want to tell me what was going on over the phone, but I got rather tough on him. When he told me that apparently Lee had taken his own life, I told him to please call Totzke Funeral Home and have them remove Lee’s body from the house. I had two girls at home and I wanted to spare them as much pain as I could,” To read the rest of this article - pick up a copy of this weeks Fulda Free Press or subscribe to our eedition at http://eedition.fuldafreepress.net


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