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Sherrie Skuza speaks out about suicide prevention after losing husband, Lt. Jeff Skuza

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WEST FARGO, N.D. - Back in March, the death of Lt. Jeff Skuza from the Fargo Police Department stunned many in the Valley after learning he took his own life. Saturday, the Harley Davidson in West Fargo held the "Ride to Silence the Stigma" to remember him and so many others. Valley News Live was able to speak with Lt. Skuza's wife, who spoke publicly for the first time.

It's a day of remembrance as 100 motorcycles rev-up to ride

"I feel like Jeff would want us to help people as best we can and if coming out here and fundraising is the way to do it, then that's what we're here to do," said Sherrie Skuza.

Supporters rode 100 miles of tar in honor of Lt. Skuza, a loving husband, friend and all around good guy. Struggling with depression he ended his life in March. Others who've had a dear one stolen from suicide came out to ride on and carry on

"I'm saddened that they are here for the reason that they are," said Skuza. "But, it's like anything that happens to people, you come together and become stronger because of stress and things that you go through."

Skuza pushes past the pain, but said there's not one day that goes by where she doesn't think of her husband. 

"Day by day, some days are good, some days are bad, " said Skuza. "I think that will happen for the rest of my life."

The North Dakota Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention states that more than 36,000 take their own lives each year in the nation. Skuza believes it's important for others, like herself to seek help and support. 

"People don't talk about depression and anxiety and those type of things, because people feel that you should be able to control your emotion," Skuza told us. "And, that's not reality."

Skuza now looks to help others suffering from depression or another mental illness to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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