The Kyle Hart Memorial

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Raised by 2,373 people in 7 months
Created December 11, 2018
Team Hart
on behalf of Kristin Hart
This GoFundMe page is to support the young family of our dear friend, Kyle Hart, who passed away at 33 years of age on Monday, December 10th. With his unexpected passing, Kyle leaves behind a wonderful wife (32) with a charming two-year-old son and beautiful newborn daughter born only three days before his passing. They are all incredible individuals who deserve the very best care, love, and support in order to get through this devastating time. Although the Hart family would never ask for help, they are some of the most loving and generous people, so we are asking others to consider donating to support the family in the short- and long-term. With two little ones at home, their family has many daily, monthly, and yearly expenses that quickly add up, and we want to make sure the Hart family can focus on their health and happiness rather than expenses for the foreseeable future.

To anyone who knew him, Kyle was an incredible father, husband, son, brother, teacher, and friend. He was the most sincere man each of us had ever met. He was the kind of person who would give you a hug and tell you how much he appreciated your friendship. He would share anything with you — his time, his possessions, his love, and his support. As a father, he absolutely adored his young family and would do anything for them. As a middle-school teacher of social studies and English, Kyle was passionate about his students, often taking note of those who needed an extra boost of confidence and doing whatever it took to brighten their self esteem.

Kyle’s passing is tragic not only for his loss of life but also for the devastating effects on his family. Please know that any amount — no matter how small — will benefit the Hart family. Whether for diapers or a college tuition, your donation will make a significant difference in the lives of Kyle’s wife, son, and daughter. May they live long, happy, and healthy lives with the help of all of us.

With gratitude,
Team Hart
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Thank you so much to everyone who came out to the meeting tonight and who sent emails. It really meant so much to me personally and I am hopeful that our message was heard and changes will be made. I’ll keep you updated as the budget process moves forward. We are also hopeful that we can enter into mediation with the city to get some agreements in place as well.
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Tomorrow is the City Council Meeting. We really need your support. I hope to see you there!

If you are not in the area, you can stream the meeting here: https://www.redwoodcity.org/city-hall/city-council/city-council-meetings-agendas-and-minutes

Please join the Hart Family on Monday May 20th at 7 pm at City Hall and email the council (example below) to advocate for changes to our Police Department that will better protect our citizens and officers. We have positive traction but need a formal commitment from the city by this month. We are asking for the following to be included in the upcoming city budget:

1. Crisis Intervention Training: All officers should attend a 40 hour Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) and policies should reflect the best practices of this training. We need to adopt modern policies to respond to a person in a mental crisis, especially a suicide attempt. De-escalation and scene management expectations need to be more clearly defined and consistently followed.

2. M40 Bean Bag Guns for Every Patrol Car: In addition to tasers, we need more non-lethal options readily available. Tasers are unreliable and sometimes deadly. We would like M40s (bean-bag guns) available in every patrol car. Currently we believe there is only one M40 available to all patrol officers.

3. Body Cameras for all Patrol Officers: We need body cameras and supporting infrastructure for all patrol officers. In this day and age this has become commonly accepted best practice.

As a family, we are civic-minded and have dedicated our lives to public service, which is why we have taken the approach to partner with Redwood City to evaluate opportunities for growth together.

To show your support, please join us at the meeting next Monday May 20th. We also ask that you email council@redwoodcity.org to increase traction.You can simply copy and paste the sample email below.

Sincerely,
The Hart Family

#changeforkyle

Sample Email:
Subject: Change for Kyle

Dear Redwood City Council,

We are asking for the following to be included in the upcoming city budget:

1. Crisis Intervention Training: All officers should attend a 40 hour Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) and policies should reflect the best practices of this training. We need to adopt modern policies to respond to a person in a mental crisis, especially a suicide attempt. De-escalation and scene management expectations need to be more clearly defined and consistently followed.

2. M40 Bean Bag Guns for Every Patrol Car: In addition to tasers, we need more non-lethal options readily available. Tasers are unreliable and sometimes deadly. We would like M40s (bean-bag guns) available in every patrol car. Currently we believe there is only one M40 available to all patrol officers.

3. Body Cameras for all Patrol Officers: We need body cameras and supporting infrastructure for all patrol officers. In this day and age this has become commonly accepted best practice.
Sincerely,
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Please join the Hart Family on Monday May 20th at 7 pm at City Hall and email the council (example below) to advocate for changes to our Police Department that will better protect our citizens and officers. We have positive traction but need a formal commitment from the city by this month. We are asking for the following to be included in the upcoming city budget:

1. Crisis Intervention Training: All officers should attend a 40 hour Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) and policies should reflect the best practices of this training. We need to adopt modern policies to respond to a person in a mental crisis, especially a suicide attempt. De-escalation and scene management expectations need to be more clearly defined and consistently followed.

2. M40 Bean Bag Guns for Every Patrol Car: In addition to tasers, we need more non-lethal options readily available. Tasers are unreliable and sometimes deadly. We would like M40s (bean-bag guns) available in every patrol car. Currently we believe there is only one M40 available to all patrol officers.

3. Body Cameras for all Patrol Officers: We need body cameras and supporting infrastructure for all patrol officers. In this day and age this has become commonly accepted best practice.

As a family, we are civic-minded and have dedicated our lives to public service, which is why we have taken the approach to partner with Redwood City to evaluate opportunities for growth together.

To show your support, please join us at the meeting next Monday May 20th. We also ask that you email council@redwoodcity.org to increase traction.You can simply copy and paste the sample email below.

Sincerely,
The Hart Family

#changeforkyle

Sample Email:
Subject: Change for Kyle

Dear Redwood City Council,

We are asking for the following to be included in the upcoming city budget:

1. Crisis Intervention Training: All officers should attend a 40 hour Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) and policies should reflect the best practices of this training. We need to adopt modern policies to respond to a person in a mental crisis, especially a suicide attempt. De-escalation and scene management expectations need to be more clearly defined and consistently followed.

2. M40 Bean Bag Guns for Every Patrol Car: In addition to tasers, we need more non-lethal options readily available. Tasers are unreliable and sometimes deadly. We would like M40s (bean-bag guns) available in every patrol car. Currently we believe there is only one M40 available to all patrol officers.

3. Body Cameras for all Patrol Officers: We need body cameras and supporting infrastructure for all patrol officers. In this day and age this has become commonly accepted best practice.
Sincerely,
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Kyle was a passionate, kindhearted, outgoing person and was as honest as they come. When you hear that he attempted suicide, a picture of his life emerges in your mind. That picture is valid and I believe more awareness about depression, suicide, and mental health in general is sorely needed. However, that is not Kyle’s story. I have debated how much he would want to keep private, but in the end I keep coming back to his belief in transparency and honesty.

Those close to him have questioned whether there was some other side to him that he kept hidden. While we are all multifaceted and complicated as humans, I can say with certainty that Kyle was not hiding anything. Now that every aspect of his life has been examined, every box of his things packed I can tell you that he had no secrets. He loved his family, his friends, his work. He struggled with anxiety after he had graduated from high school, but it was well managed during the following 15 years with a very low dose of medication, exercise, and occasional therapy. He had felt more anxiety in the months before his death and his medication had been increased. His care team and family all felt that he would feel better after the birth of our daughter. We believe that he had an adverse reaction to the medication, which made him unexpectedly suicidal. This is a rare side effect of his medication, one we don't like to talk about.

His suicide attempt took everyone by surprise. The response by the Redwood City Police is a tragedy. But that was only one half hour out of his thirty-three years. I want him to be remembered for the other 284,169 hours. As the surfer/historian who could talk to anyone and brought a passion that outweighed his skill to all outdoor activities. As the guy who could be completely goofy one minute and get into a serious debate about the Islamic Empire or Civil War the next. As a loving father, faithful friend, and passionate teacher.
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Raised by 2,373 people in 7 months
Created December 11, 2018
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