APPLE VALLEY – Apple Valley High School (AVHS) students and staff are mourning the loss of a well-loved counselor after she jumped off the 15 freeway overpass to her death Tuesday afternoon. Carol Colene Pulice, the wife of Sam Pulice: the owner of Mojave Copy & Printing and the mother of three took her own life, officials said.
On Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at around 1:30 p.m., during suicide prevention month, Mrs. Pulice expressed her intention to jump off of the freeway overpass. Her husband, who was with her and driving the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta at the time called police for assistance with the situation.
The CHP was able to conduct a traffic break just before Mrs. Pulice began attempting to open the vehicle door. Mr. Pulice, stopped the vehicle to gain control of the situation but when he stopped Mrs. Pulice quickly exited the vehicle, climbed the guardrail and jumped to her death.
As students and staff return to school on Wednesday morning, the school is attempting to provide the support needed for both students and staff. “Our crisis team is over at Apple Valley High School today and we have counseling services available to any employees and students, to support them as they walk through this very difficult time,” said Apple Valley High School Spokeswoman, Kristin Hernandez.
Staff and students alike are devastated at the sudden loss of, for who for many, left a positive impact on their lives. “We were so heavy hearted to hear of the loss of Carol Pulice, a beloved counselor at AVHS,” added Hernandez. “Carol has always been an inspiration to many of our staff, and to every one of her students. She will be dearly missed by all.”
Words expressing just what an impact Mrs. Pulice made in the lives of students has been expressed by many learning of this tragic end to her life. “She was the kindest, most compassionate, genuine, and beautiful woman,” said Anna Maria Wilson-Valenzuela. “My family would not [have] survived that High School without her!”
Carol Pulice worked at Apple Valley High School for 23 years. During her time with AVHS, she served in a variety of capacities, including a teacher, athletic coach, and school counselor.
Several close to the family said Pulice was battling Cancer and having a difficult fight. Mrs. Pulice and her husband, Sam Pulice were well-known in the community for their avid bike riding, some of which was done with the Victor Valley Velo; a local bike club. Sam Pulice, the owner of Mojave Copy and Printing and Carol Pulice supported several youth programs through their sponsorship.
Mrs. Pulice leaves behind her husband, three children and a community who adored her.
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