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HIRSC Team Statement on the Sudden Passing of a Nevada Moderator

HIRSC - Administration Team releases a statement regarding the sudden passing of a HIRSC - Nevada (Las Vegas) Moderator on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022.

The family also wanted to remind our community to reach out for help when you need it.

Published by: HIRSC - Administration and Moderating Team

Aloha HIRSC Supporters and also 'Ohana,

It is with very heavy hearts and extreme deep sadness for the HIRSC - Administration to announce the sudden passing of a HIRSC - Nevada (Las Vegas) Moderator, whom I will solely identify by his first name Jason, at the request of his family during this extremely difficult time.

Jerry has been a part of the HIRSC Team in Jason since March of 2019 when our expansion into the Western U.S. was beginning rolling out. He has been such a phenomenal person when it came to systems in the Las Vegas-Henderson area, tracking every bit of the activity happening there on a daily basis. Jason also helps introduced features to our website such as the weather page and also updated the Information Center page, which many you view on a daily or weekly basis. He also was part of our Debriefing and also technical services team as well.

On the afternoon of Tuesday, March 22nd, family members and also a HIRSC Moderator in Henderson grew concerned after Jason had failed to make contact with them over the past few days and also had expressed ideations of suicide in the past few months. After failing to make contact with Jason that afternoon, both family members and HIRSC Moderator conducted a welfare check alongside the North Las Vegas Police Department (NLVPD) at numerous locations he frequented and later his residence in North Las Vegas on Tuesday evening. Upon further investigation, NLVPD found Jason unresponsive within his residence and immediately notified the North Las Vegas Fire Department (NLVFD) for further medical assistance. However, sadly, all life-saving attempts were unsuccessful and Jason was pronounced dead at his residence in North Las Vegas on late Tuesday evening.

The case remains open and under investigation by the Clark County Medical Examiner's Office at this time, pending the results of a toxicology screening.

Jason is survived by an older sister who resides in La Jolla, California, an older brother who resides in Salt Lake City, Utah, and a younger brother who currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona. Jason is also survived by both of his parents, who reside in Moab, Utah, and also numerous nieces and nephews, and also aunts and uncles.

Jason's family wanted to push out a message to everyone to reach out for help when needed and talk to those whom you're very close to and make sure they are doing okay or take the time to check up on them and see how things are really going. While Jason may have had a very beautiful and bright smile when many of us saw him, but deep down inside Jason and behind his tough exterior was a person who was battling depression and facing numerous challenges in his life. So if you are in need of help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Debriefing and Stress Management Team is continuing to assist all of our team members during this very difficult time and at the request of Jason's family, they have asked for complete privacy during this very difficult time. They would like to extend their deepest gratitude for all the condolences and prayers that are being sent their way as well. All services for Jason will be privately held among close family and friends, including members of the HIRSC Team.

There are truly no amount of words in the world that can truly best describe the deep sadness and sorrow the entire HIRSC Team across all sections is really feeling at this exact time and place.

It's never goodbye, it is always I'll see you again soon, Jason.

Me Ke Aloha Pumehana; or until we meet again.

May you rest in Peace, Love and Aloha,

Benjamin Agdeppa

HIRSC - Administrator and Founder

Benjamin Agdeppa

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