Boston Police and Fire along with Massachusetts State Police lined the overpasses of I-93 South throughout the city Monday evening to pay their respects to Sgt. Matthew P. Partyka, as his body was escorted home. Sgt. Partyka, a 25-year-old United States Marine from Hingham, Mass, died by suicide on July 3rd at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
Sgt. Partyka joined the Marine Corps in 2014. He was deployed to Kuwait in 2017 in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. In February 2020, Cpl. Partyka was deployed to Okinawa, Japan as part of the Unit Deployment Program. In July 2021, he was promoted to the rank of Sargeant. He graduated from Basic Recruiters School in August of 2021 and reported to 4th District Marine Corps Recruiting Command in Lansing, Michigan in November of that year. Sgt. Partyka was on leave at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina when he passed away.
Sgt. Partyka’s decorations include the following: Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (2nd Award).
Mental health and suicide are ongoing issues our Active Military service men and women, and veterans face every day. On average, 22 veterans die by suicide a day. 22 TOO MANY.
If you know a struggling service member, please check in on them. Many veterans don’t show any signs of an urge to harm themselves before doing so, but some may show signs of depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, or hopelessness.
Recently the National Suicide Hotline was changed to a new three-digit number, 988, to make it easier to get support if you or someone you know is experiencing a mental crisis. If you or someone you know needs support now, please call or text 988, or chat 988lifeline.org
From all of us on the Live Boston 617 team, we would like to thank Sgt. Matthew P. Partyka for his years of dedicated service serving our country.