By Sarah Danik, Fox 9:
A new law taking effect in 2019, will help first responders dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder get coverage through workers’ compensation.
Brian Cristofono landed his dream job as a firefighter in Maplewood and eventually moved to a St. Paul department. It was the job he always knew was in his blood.
“At first you feel like a superhero, especially after you get the job you’ve been gunning for forever, and I think at first, the more traumatic the call, the more dangerous the call, it was like a badge of honor,” said Cristofono, a former firefighter.
“We get called to see the worst of the worst,” he said. “That’s our job. Society needs us to do that. They need someone to go and answer those calls, but we’re also human beings and it affects you and scars you and some of those calls don’t go away.”
Cristofono was eventually diagnosed with PTSD, but his workers’ compensation claim was denied by the City of St. Paul because there was no physical injury.
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