18 The next speaker is Tony Noll.
19 MR. NOLL: I come to speak to you today
20 on behalf of the statistically insignificant. My
21 father was a police officer for 32 years in the
22 city of West Dallas, which is a Milwaukee suburb.
1 In July, July 1st of 2003, he was having
2 a little anxiety over some things at his house and
3 not getting some sleep, so he called his family
4 doctor and they prescribed Effexor, the SNRI. They
5 prescribed it to him over the phone and even told
6 him how safe it was. My mom told me this over the
7 phone.
8 The night before, I talked to my dad on
9 the phone. His voice tone was real odd. It was
10 unfamiliar to me. My dad was the type of person
11 who would talk my ear off, and I had do things to
12 try to get him off the phone. His conversation was
13 short and he said he wasn't feeling himself.
14 My mom told me, "Something is really
15 wrong with your dad. He's not doing okay."
16 I asked her if she needed me to come down
17 to help and she asked me, "Why don't we see how
18 tonight goes?" That was the last time I would
19 speak to either of them.
20 At 7:45 the next morning my father called
21 911, which I have listened to the tape, in what I
22 would describe as a zombie-like voice said that he
1 had just killed his wife and before anyone got
2 there he would be dead.
3 When the police arrived, they found my
4 father and my mother dead, my dad having put my
5 mom's arm around him before he took his own life.
6 My dad was only 58 years old, just three years out
7 of retirement and my mom 56.
8 I am convinced this drug caused the death
9 of both of my parents. They were smiling and happy
10 people enjoying their retirement just in the weeks
11 and days before July 3, 2003. That picture there
12 (indicating) is only two weeks prior to it
13 happening.
14 They had everything to live for. They
15 had four grandchildren that they adored and even
16 had plans for a Fourth of July party the day after,
17 family reunions and anniversaries in the coming
18 weeks and months.
19 That my father could be described as
20 someone who would commit suicide is unfathomable to
21 me, but someone that was a murderer is completely
22 unfathomable to me.
1 My father referred to my mom in his
2 retirement speech as the wind beneath his wings. I
3 never saw my mom and dad fight. I never saw them
4 argue.
5 People describe my dad as the best friend
6 anybody ever had. He was buried with full police
7 honors. The police department felt that this
8 wasn't him who committed this.
9 The Catholic Church didn't bury him as a
10 murderer and someone who committed suicide because
11 they did not believe this was something he was
12 capable of.
13 This doesn't just affect the people that
14 it kills. It affects everybody's lives. My life
15 is forever changed because of this incident.
16 (Applause.)