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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
While Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit begins to look into the death of a veteran Ottawa police officer, his family has reached out to the community to express its grief.Staff Sgt. Kal Ghadban, 43, was found dead in his office at police headquarters on Elgin Street early Sunday.“He was a proud and devoted husband and father, and an excellent police officer, a role he dedicated himself to for more than two decades,” the family said Monday evening in a prepared statement. “We are heartbroken to have lost Kal so tragically and so young. He will be dearly missed by his wife, his three children, and his entire family.”The SIU, meanwhile, assigned three investigators and one forensic investigator to determine the circumstances of the 22-year veteran’s death.Ghadban’s suicide is among the latest in a spate of recent suicides by first responders — police, paramedics, firefighters, corrections officers and so... [ more ]
Saturday, September 27, 2014
In the wake of his own
son's suicide, a sheriff tells his story to prevent more
'I'm willing to go anywhere'
by Bob Driehaus
BUTLER, Ky. – Pendleton County Sheriff Craig Peoples had a
morning ritual as sure as the sun rises. He showered at 6:30 on weekday
mornings and called out to his oldest son, Evan, to wake up for school.
He still wakes up at the same time, but when he walks down the
hall to get dressed, he stifles the impulse to rouse his son. Eleven mon... [ more ]
Friday, September 26, 2014
Survival page is dedicated to looking at ways to educate the fire service on mental
health challenges. One method is to share success stories of those who have faced
those challenges and come out even stronger. One such person is Matt Olson.
Thanks to Matt for sharing this very personal story of challenges and insight
my career as a firefighter impact my marriage and my family?
asked this question a short time ago by a good friend. I hadn’t ever thought about it. So I did.
Here are my thoughts.
I met my
wife 22 years ago and instantly fell in love.
She was the fir... [ more ]
Thursday, September 18, 2014
firefighter dead after shooting self on Rickenbacker Causeway
Police say man died wearing uniform
Author: Peter Burke, Managing
Ben Kennedy, Reporter, bkennedy@Local10.com
Published On: Sep
17 2014 09:01:43 AM EDT Updated On: Sep
17 2014 01:11:00 PM EDT Small Text
CH FOR LOCAL 10 NEWS. A SAD MORNING AT
THE MIAMI FIRE DEPARTMENT AFTER A GRUESOME ZOO ENON THE RICKENBACKER CAUSEWAY.
THEY EARLY THIS MORNING A FIREFIGHTER DIED APPARENTLY TAKING HIS OWN LI... [ more ]
Friday, September 12, 2014
September 9, 2014
TN – Serve & Protect and Hope AACR are pleased to announce a collaborative
partnership to maximize our commitment serving law enforcement and emergency
Serve & Protect exists to provide crisis line,
chaplain, and trauma therapist services for law enforcement, fire/rescue/ems,
dispatch, and corrections. Their goal is to address emotional and spiritual
trauma that confronts these heroes whether a single trauma or cumulative
trauma. Their crisis line partner, Safe Call Now assesses calls and facilitates
residential care or similar treatment or refers to Serve & Protect to
facilitate chaplain, recovery, and trauma therapist services in the caller’s
“We are always vigilant for additional and unique ways
we can help those we serve... [ more ]
Friday, September 12, 2014
By Anastasia Dawson |
Published: September 11, 2014
CLEARWATER — Fire and Rescue Lt. Mark Wing cut a haunting
figure Thursday morning, running across Clearwater Beach in full firefighter
gear, hoisting an American flag high above his head in the morning humidity.
Around 9 a.m., Wing set out running from Fire Station 44 on
Sand Key to Station 46 on Clearwater Beach to Station 49 by Clearwater Mall at
U.S. 19 and Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard. His 11-mile journey, dubbed “11 on the
11th,” took more than four hours to complete, but ... [ more ]
Friday, September 5, 2014
Suicide Prevention Week media and information kit now available
From September 8-14, schools, mental health
providers, faith congregations, businesses, and others will hold outreach and
awareness events for suicide prevention across the United States.
Please think about getting involved in your
department in some way as it impacts all of the fire service.
To participate, download a media and
information kit at http://www.suicidology.org/about-aas/national-suicide-prevention-week
from the American Association of Suicidology.
<... [ more ]
Friday, August 22, 2014
DURBIN, FIREFIGHTER BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ALLIANCE
ANNOUNCE A MORE THAN $23,000 INVESTMENT IN FIRE-FIGHTER SUICIDE PREVENTION
[WASHINGTON, DC] – U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and the
Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance, announced today that the Federal
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), part of the Department of Homeland Security
(DHS), has awarded a $23,750 grant to the Palatine, Illinois non-profit.
Today’s funding will help support the group’s work in providing suicide
awareness and prevention workshops for fire departments and firefighters in
Illinois and around the country.
"Firefighters and first-responders help
members of our communities when crises occur, and often times they encounter
bot... [ more ]
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Cutting the Onion on Firefighter Depression
Within (Firefighter Increased Risk Exposure to Suicide)
by Shannon Pennington
American Fire Fighter Veteran Network
This is not a
pretty subject to even mention in a fire house or around the kitchen table
unless it is about the civilian death or attempt that took place on
a shift recently. Why is it that we can do the post-mortem
discussion around the table on them, but when it comes to us we clam up? All
who read thi... [ more ]
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
William’s death, while not a firefighter, evokes similar feelings of “no not
him”. Below is a blog I came across through the Illinois Suicide Prevention
Alliance members and stakeholders, on talking about suicide and Robin Williams’
reminds us to be cautious about what we say, for there are people near us who
are struggling with their own thoughts of suicide and may apply your comments
to their situation. Remember those who have lost a loved one to suicide
are also around us. The blog also encourages us to avoid making assumptions
and not to let stigma prevent us from talking about suicide and mental
health. I found this blog to be very articulate and believe you will find
it be very informative. more ]
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.
There are no national statistics kept for firefighter suicides. But in
the last 10 years, four Kansas City firefighters have committed suicide.
This month the fire department will launch a new program aimed at
ending suicides.Dr. Richard Gist, principal assistant to the fire chief, is the public health psychologist with the KCFD.The program is called ACT."It
stands for 'Ask, Care and Take,'" Gist explained. "Ask what's going on
with someone and if they are thinking about hurting themselves."Care
is about showing a person that you care about them. Take stands for
taking that person to a place where they can get help if you determine
they need help.Niko Cruz, a 23-year veteran with the Kansas City Fire Department, committed suicide on July 27. He was buried last Saturday.He
is survived by four children and one grandchild. His oldest daught... [ more ]
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
At the end of July, 38-year-old Edmonton firefighter Brad
Symes took his life, leaving behind his wife of seven months, two young
boys, loving parents and countless friends — and his family is
linking his death to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Could a blood test predict suicides?
By Matthew Stucker and John Bonifield CNN
Experimental test over 80 percent accurate
UPDATED 8:59 PM EDT Jul 30, 2014
—Approximately 36,000 deaths are caused by suicide each year in the United
States. What if a simple blood test could one day help prevent that from
a new small study, researchers were able to predict who had experienced
suicidal thoughts or attempted suicide just by looking at their blood.... [ more ]
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
fire and ambulance personnel face high PTSD rates
At least 15
first responders have reportedly died by suicide across Canada since April 28
The Canadian Press
July 27, 2014
WINNIPEG – Alex Forrest clearly remembers
what happened to a fellow firefighter who was traumatized by the deaths of two
captains in a house fire.
It was two months after the Winnipeg blaze in
2007 that killed Tom Nichols and Harold Lessard, and Forrest knew... [ more ]
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