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Hero Down: Broomfield Police Officer Brenda Sorrels Found Dead At Home

A Broomfield police officer was found dead inside her residence.

Broomfield, CO – Broomfield Police Department (BPD) Officer Brenda Sorrels, 47, was found dead at her home on Feb. 27, from an apparent suicide.

“With great sadness I’m announcing the death of [Officer] Brenda Sorrels,” Kurt Jordan posted on Instagram on Mar. 1. “She was a Broomfield Police Officer for many years and last month received a unit commendation for her work with the alcohol team.”

“She had recently lost her mother and was very depressed,” Jordan wrote. “She committed suicide yesterday. Prayers for her family and friends.”

Kristin Wichlacz, also expressed her condolences to Officer Sorrels.

“You will be greatly missed and you’ve impacted so many lives," Wichlacz wrote.

Officer Sorrels, an 18-year-veteran of the BPD, began her career in 2000 as a community service officer, according to her obituary.

She started working as a detention officer for the department in 2001, and ultimately accepted a position as a police officer in 2005.

“As an officer, Brenda effortlessly connected to any troubled teen,” her obituary read. “She would reach out to any stranger that was struggling with life. The members of the Broomfield Police Department quickly became a family born not from a blood line, instead bonded by the thin blue line.”

Officer Sorrels graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 2016, while she continued to serve as a full-time law enforcement officer.

“Brenda had a huge heart,” her obituary read. “She considered her friends to be her family.”

Officer Sorrels is survived by her sister, Pam Soren, as well as a multitude of friends.

“Brenda will be remembered for her ability to push boundaries, doing everything on her terms, and the ability to make everyone cringe and laugh all at the same time,” according to her obituary.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Broomfield Police Department Officer Brenda Sorrels, both blood and blue. Godspeed, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.

Officer Brenda Sorrels, your life mattered.

So sorry to hear. Reach out folks, this is not a normal job and talking helps. Seeking help is a sign of strength. RIP

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As a retired British police officer I totally understand how this job can cause depression having been in that situation for many years due to work .Sadly no help from the police force where I served. This job is getting worse and I'm pleased I got out when I did . No respect from the public no respect from bosses. R.I.P officer.

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As a current LEO and also suffering from CPTSD it is imperative that we check with each other after even the smallest incident. We al should know the warning signs although we don’t identify with our own. A simple How are you is sometimes what somebody needs to hear. I met Brenda several years ago. She was a fine person and great officer. Please learn from this and start your buddy checks. RIP little sister, we have the watch from here. 🙏

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RIP Officer - Sheralee from New Zealand

Condolences to family and department. Rest in Peace Sister...

Rest in peace dear one. Your watch has ended, but your brothers and sisters have taken it from here. So many times, people just don't understand the pressures on our police officers, both at their jobs and home. Hopefully, some sweet day, the multitude will know that law enforcement are not only our protectors, but they are human too.

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RIP sister.

Nothing can bring back those who are gone but I pray these words God gave me will be of some comfort. DEADLY EPIDEMIC - There is an epidemic growing more and more each day. Although it's not contagious people are dying anyway. It's not heart disease or cancer, Alzheimers or even dope. This disease causes one to think there is no hope. What I am referring to makes one believe that no one cares about them and it makes them grieve. When they feel their life has ended and nothing can be done, they may take an overdose or go get a gun. Then their friends and loved ones deal with grief of their own. And if they don't ask for help they too may soon be gone. Lord help us to pay attention to those who really hurt. Let us be willing to get down in the dirt. And stay down there with them if even just to hold their hand just to reassure them that we understand.

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Very sad

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