By Nicole Valdez, ABC 15:
While it’s a scary trend, it’s one that’s commonly swept under the rug.
First responders are now more likely to die by suicide, than in the line of duty. Each year, the number of men and women in the fire service taking their own lives continues to rise, according to the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance.
84 percent of firefighters have experienced a traumatic event while on the job.
In 2017, 103 firefighters committed suicide nationally, where only 93 were killed in the line of duty.
“The world can be a dark place at times,” said Alexander Yates. He’s been with the Glendale Fire Department for three years. “We see dark things, and I know a lot of people don’t want the nightmares that come along with that.”
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