Message From The Sheriff
NICK WELDEN  ( read )
24 Hours:
Crime Tip:
2801 Jordan Road SW
Fort Payne, AL 35968
Administrative Office:
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 4:00pm


3 Suicides in the last 24 hours, 5 total in the last week

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office has worked a total of 5 suicides in the last week. Three of these suicides have occurred in the last 24 hours. Earlier today, we also responded to two attempted suicides.

While we generally do not do media releases regarding suicides, this is a higher rate than normal. We would like to share the National Hotline for Suicide Prevention if any of those reading this are thinking of taking their own life.

The number is 1-800-273-8255 and can be called 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also visit for more information or a live chat with a counselor.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention also lists the following warning signs to spot if a friend or loved may be considering suicide:

If a person talks about:

  • - Killing Themselves
  • - Feeling Hopeless
  • - Having no reason to live
  • - Being a burden to others
  • - Feeling trapped
  • - Unbearable pain


  • - Increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • - Looking for a way to end their lives, such as searching online for methods
  • - Withdrawing for Activities
  • - Isolating from family and friends
  • - Sleeping too much or too little
  • - Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
  • - Giving away prized possessions
  • - Aggression
  • - Fatigue


  • - Depression
  • - Anxiety
  • - Loss of Interest
  • - Irritability
  • - Humiliation/Shame
  • - Agitation/Anger
  • - Relief/Sudden Improvement

Lastly, we would like to ask everyone to check on your friends, neighbors, and loved ones who may be having a hard time or have withdrawn from others. Letting them know that someone cares may save their life.

Also, if a loved one threatens suicide or you believe they are about to try and take their own life, give us a call at (256)845-3801.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said: "It saddens us that so many of our citizens have found themselves at the point in life that they feel they need to end it. No matter how bad things get, it can get better. You just have to keep going."

"These incidents not only take a toll on the families and friends involved, but also our deputies and investigators. Each incident has to be thoroughly investigated. We wish that there was more we could do to prevent them instead of investigating the aftermath," he said.

"As always, God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.