(Note: We only post details related to a Firefighter taking their own life when the report is made public by the department or family, as was in this case)
The Henderson (Nevada) FD reports the death of Henderson Firefighter/Paramedic Robbie James Pettingill. According to the HFD, he took his own life on Sept. 17 after suffering from job-related post-traumatic stress disorder.
“Robbie was an exceptional firefighter who loved the job and was well-liked by his colleagues throughout the department,” said Fire Chief Shawn White. “Firefighters face unique challenges from repeated exposure to traumatic and stressful events and often respond to situations where they can feel helpless, making them more vulnerable to suicidal thoughts.”
Firefighter/Paramedic Pettingill. will be honored in a line-of-duty death memorial ceremony on Oct. 4. A motorcade of Henderson fire and police personnel will escort Pettingill’s cremated remains from the Henderson Fire Training Center, past Fire Station 97 where Pettingill was last assigned, to Central Christian Church starting at 1:45 p.m.
A celebration of life service for FF/PM Pettingill will be held at Central Christian Church at 2:30 p.m. The ceremony is open to any in the community who wish to pay their respects to the fallen firefighter.
The Henderson Fire Department hired FF/PM Pettingill on Aug. 14, 2006, and the 35-year-old firefighter/paramedic was a second-generation firefighter whose father, Scott Pettingill, retired from the Henderson Fire Department in 2012 after 22 years of service.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can called at 1-800-273-TALK.
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FIREFIGHTER SUICIDE AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH RESOURCES:
SUICIDE HOTLINE USA: 1 (800) 273-8255
SUICIDE HOTLINES CANADA: https://suicideprevention.ca/need-help/
SUICIDE HOTLINES WORLDWIDE:
NATIONAL ACTION ALLIANCE FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION:
PLEASE NOTE: Suicide continues to be a constant in the profession of fire, rescue and EMS. Please take time to review these links-and have the info on hand.
=ROSECRANCE FIREFIGHTER PROGRAM: http://www.rosecrance.org/substance-abuse/florian-firefighter-paramedic-police-military-treatment-center/
=FIREFIGHTER PERSONAL SURVIVAL: http://firefighterclosecalls.com/category/personal-survival/
=SAFE CALL NOW: http://safecallnow.org/
=FIREFIGHTER BEHAVIORAL HEALTH: http://www.ffbha.org/
=THE CORDICO GUARDIAN SYSTEM: https://www.cordico.com/first-responder-mobile-app/
=FIREFIGHTER SUICIDE-THE RISING TIDE: https://www.fireengineering.com/articles/2018/08/firefighter-behavioral-health-and-suicide-a-rising-tide.html
=ESTABLISHING A SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAM-FIRE ENGINEERING:
=FF SILENT KILLER-FIRE ENGINEERING:
=THE COMPANY OFFICERS ROLE-FIRERESCUE1:
=THE WARNING SIGNS-FIREHOUSE:
=FF SUICIDE ARTICLE: (A FIRE CHIEF/DAD’S PERSPECTIVE)
http://firechief.com/health-safety/ar/firefighting_not_without_warning/ (Fire Chief Magazine Article)
=FF SUICIDE ARTICLE: USA TODAY: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/04/11/officers-firefighters-suicides-study/503735002/
=FF SUICIDE ARTICLE: (ABC NEWS)
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/MindMoodNews/firefighter-ptsd-suicide/story?id=14466320 (ABC News Article on Firefighter Suicide)
=FF SUICIDE ARTICLE-FIREHOUSE: