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Sunday, January 27, 2008

[IL] Another officer-suicide too soon in Batavia

...for the second time in 13 months, Batavia police are dealing with an almost identical tragedy... Batavia police Officer Carl Ensign, 43, a 19-year department veteran, died Tuesday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound...

Funeral tomorrow.

Previous entry, same department:
[IL] Char Rappley is dedicated to making a difference for officers

Batavia turns to expert
Kane County Chronicle, IL -
By ERIC SCHELKOPF - eschelkopf@kcchronicle.com
Jan 23, 2008
[Excerpts] In the wake of the Batavia Police Department’s second suicide within 13 months, the department plans to bring in a national expert to provide police suicide awareness training... Batavia police Officer Carl Ensign, 43, a 19-year department veteran, died Tuesday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was found in the parking lot in Pratt’s Wayne Woods Forest Preserve in Wayne... Ensign is the second Batavia police officer to kill himself in the past 13 months. In December 2006, Batavia police Sgt. Mike Rappley took his own life at his home in Sycamore...

Another all-too-familiar tragedy for Batavia police
Aurora Beacon News, IL
By TIM WAGNER twagner@scn1.com
January 24, 2008
[Excerpts] ... And for the second time in 13 months, Batavia police are dealing with an almost identical tragedy. In December 2006, Sgt. Mike Rappley, 48, died from a self-inflicted gunshot at his Sycamore home. "This is the second time in 13 months... I don't know what to tell you about how we cope," [Batavia Police Cmdr. Gregory] Thrun said. "The department must continue its commitment to the police service and come to work every day. Police are a tight family." Soon after his death, Mike Rappley's widow met with members of the Kane County Chiefs of Police Association and told them about the post-traumatic stress disorder her husband endured since 1992. Char Rappley asked the Kane County group to consider bringing in a police suicide awareness training program that the national foundation offers as a way to deal with the issues that plague cops... Limited funding has prevented the Kane County Chiefs of Police Association from implementing suicide awareness training, but Char Rappley believes the state ultimately will finance the program. "(Haley) is saying, 'Let's get this going, let's move forward,'" she said. "It's sad to say that it took another police officer for all this to happen. The situation is dire."

OBITUARY: Carl Victor Ensign
Chicago Suburban Daily Herald
[Excerpts] Carl Victor Ensign of North Aurora Funeral services for Carl Victor Ensign, 43, will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at Geneva Lutheran Church, 301 South Third St., Geneva, where he will lie in state from 10 a.m. until the time of the service... Born Aug. 1, 1964, in San Francisco, he passed away Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008. Carl was united in marriage to Jennifer Mohr on April 29, 1989... Carl was a 19-year veteran of the Batavia Police Department... Carl gave to the community in so many ways he was a true advocate for helping teens and was most recently the D.A.R.E. officer... Memorial contributions may be directed to the Carl V. Ensign Memorial Fund, c/o Old Second Bank, 1991 West Wilson St., Batavia, IL 60510. The memorial will benefit Carl's daughter Meghan's college education. For information, 630-879-7900.


  1. Guest Book for
    Carl Victor Ensign


    ...I will be there to help you if you need anything just tell me and I will be more then happy to help you...


    Kane County Chronicle, IL
    By ERIC SCHELKOPF - eschelkopf@kcchronicle.com
    Jan 24, 2008

    " The hearts of police officers across the country go out to those left behind in the wake of this tragedy. We remember only so short a time ago that we lost Mike Rappley from your department, making it hurt all the more.

    My hat is off to the Rappley family in their efforts to see programs instituted to prevent these tragedies. Not only in Batavia, but across the nation, departments have much left to do.

    Andy O'Hara, Sgt (ret)



    Kane County Chronicle
    IL - Jan 22, 2008

    white sox 2005 wrote on Jan 23, 2008 8:16 AM:
    " Carl, I wish you were still here. You are missing out on so many people who care and love you so much. As much as I am very angry with what you did, I am truely sorry for the pain you must have been feeling. I wish I could have seen some sort of sign and tried to help you buddy. We miss you so very much. We love you so very much.
    Your Buddy, "Stupid" (always made me laugh when you called me that) "

    sstevens wrote on Jan 23, 2008 2:00 PM:
    " This is so sad. He helped so many kids and others in the community. He will be missed. It is too bad he didn't understand how much good he did for others. "

    littlebit1078 wrote on Jan 23, 2008 2:31 PM:
    " Carl, I will miss you so much. I hope you knew how many teens you touched in your short life. I will remember you for your bear hugs and warm smile. "

    saveacop wrote on Jan 23, 2008 7:02 PM:
    " My deepest sympathies to Carl's family and to his fellow officers at the Batavia PD. This is the 2nd Batavia police officer to commit suicide in the past 13 months. My brother, Sgt. Mike Rappley committed suicide in December 2006. Mike and Carl were close friends and Carl was the best man in Mike's wedding. I pray to god that a support system is put in place to keep this from happening again. "

    LadyCop1096 wrote on Jan 23, 2008 7:56 PM:
    " Carl, You will be missed more than you know! I'm in shock still and after all the talks we had about Mike.... Both of you were my friends and co-workers and I feel such a loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. "

    OZZIEANDAUSTIN wrote on Jan 23, 2008 9:04 PM:
    " Carl, I keep thinking I'm going to see you drive down the street in the explorer with the sox flag any minute,or walking ozzie, that this is a cruel joke, but it's real. Your humor, smile from ear to ear, and willingness to help with whatever anyone close to you needed are just a few of many wonderful qualities that made you, you. We willl miss you more than any words can say, your sox family "

    causeiambetta wrote on Jan 23, 2008 9:27 PM:
    " Carl Ensign was a respectable individual, fun loving with a good sense of humor. A first degree black belt along with his daughter in the batavia ATA school. He will be missed. "

    SarainKC wrote on Jan 26, 2008 9:31 PM:
    " Carl - Your warm smile, big hugs and open ear were such a part of my life as a BHS student and leader in Snowball. I hope you know how many teens you touched in your short life. You and your family are in my prayers.



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