Clayton Osteen Wiki – Clayton Osteen Biography
St. Lucie County Deputy Clayton Osteen and Deputy Victoria Pacheco are a Florida deputy couple who committed suicide honoured for saving lives, won awards. According to reports, they had both been honoured for saving people’s lives.
Osteen died Jan. 2, and Pacheco took her life “in the wake of Deputy Osteen’s death,” Sheriff Ken Mascara said in a statement this week.
Osteen was 24 and Pacheco was 23 years old.
The sheriff’s office responded to a call just before midnight on New Year’s Eve and found that Osteen, off duty, had tried to kill himself. His family removed him from life support Sunday, Mascara said.
The sheriff’s office learned of Pacheco’s suicide on Tuesday, although the sheriff didn’t specify when she died. The name of the child wasn’t shared.
“While it is impossible for us to fully comprehend the private circumstances leading up to this devastating loss, we pray that this tragedy becomes a catalyst for change, a catalyst to help ease the stigma surrounding well-being and normalize the conversation about the challenges so many of us face on a regular basis,” Mascara said.
“As sheriff, I saw these two deputies as young, ambitious, and a great compliment to my already amazing group of professionals,” Mascara said.
“To the general public, and sometimes even myself, it’s easy to view law enforcement as superhuman … but let’s not forget that they’re human just like us.”
Longtime family friend Kelly Ridle told The Post Thursday that Osteen did not indicate that he had been struggling before taking his own life.
“I can’t express how totally out of character this was for Clayton,” Ridle said. “Everyone is blown away. It is completely unexplainable and unexpected.
“As many as 20 of Osteen’s former Marine Corps were arriving in Port St. Lucie from all over the country to attend the couple’s funeral, Ridle said.
She said Pacheco’s suicide, although equally tragic, was easier to understand.
“She just had a baby and she was distraught and overwhelmed,” Ridle said.
“She was barely out of her pregnancy and scared about COVID. I don’t know if she was even able to ask for help. It was too much for her.”