By Tracy Nagai, Global News
Members of the Calgary Fire Department and others are set to say goodbye to Capt. Barry “Bear” Dawson on Friday.
The 47-year-old’s sudden death is yet another example of the dire consequences for first responders struggling with mental health issues.
“He was so compassionate and understanding and always reaching out,” Melissa Murray, Dawson’s fiancee said.
“Barry was a very respected, well-liked person, nobody would have guessed because he was just so happy.”
Dawson was a musician and outdoor enthusiast who loved biking and skiing.
He also worked for the Calgary Fire Department for 17 years. Murray said Dawson would often talk to his crew following difficult calls.
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