By Lena Howland, KOAA
With the annual IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter’s Memorial ceremony coming up this weekend in Colorado Springs, 196 names of firefighters who have made the ultimate sacrifice will be added to the memorial.
Among them, a handful who didn’t die in the line of duty, rather, from suicide caused by post-traumatic stress disorder they got on the job.
Usually when we hear about PTSD, it’s related to our military but it’s a growing issue among firefighters too.
They are first on scene to nearly every emergency, from fires, to drownings, to terrible accidents, they see it all and it can take a toll.
“Every three days, he experienced a trauma and then he came home to his family for 27 years,” Leslie Dangerfield, a widow said.