Not long after a neighbor died by suicide in a DuPage County forest preserve last year, Naperville Park District police Officer Tom Wronski walked into his chief’s office with an idea.

“He came to me and said, ‘What do you think about us trying to focus on some of the more obscure areas in the district, and see if we can identify somebody that might be in crisis and intervene, and hopefully interrupt any idea of them doing anything to hurt themselves?'” Chief Steve Schindlbeck recalled.

From that suggestion was born Operation Disrupt, a multiagency effort aimed at preventing suicides in Naperville-area parks and preserves, and getting help to those who need it.

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