By Steve Andrew, WFLA
TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – In Florida, if a firefighter is physically injured on the job, workers’ compensation will pay for treatment and therapy. That is not so for a mental health injury.
For many firefighters, the horrific images of the victims they rush to assist never leave their minds.
Over time, that can affect their mental health. Some turn to drugs or alcohol to numb the stress and pain.
Tampa firefighter/paramedic Steve LaDue experienced many dark moments on his job that left him hurting.
“We never ever in a million years thought we would lose our brother to suicide,” said Megan Vila, LaDue’s sister.
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