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Katy Firefighter Dies Apparent Suicide

Monday, August 24, 2015  Officials: Katy firefighter shoots, kills self while on duty

Author: Cody Schultz, News Producer

Published On: Aug 24 2015 05:52:59 AM CDT

KATY, Texas -

A Katy Fire Department firefighter died in the line of duty Sunday night.

According to officials, the firefighter suffered a gunshot wound at the firehouse on Sunday evening.  He was pronounced dead at Memorial Hermann Medical Center. The officer's death has been ruled a suicide, officials confirmed at a press conference Monday morning.

Officials released t... [ more ]  




A Simple Practice Cna Transform the Lives of First Responders

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 

A Simple Practice Can Transform the Lives of First Responders

Lindsay Holmes Healthy Living Editor, The Huffington Post

Posted: 08/18/2015 07:21 AM EDT | Edited: 08/18/2015 08:12 AM EDT

Firefighters are known for their physical strength and bravery, but they also face an immense amount of emotional stress and pressure. And just as first responders train for fitness, so too should they work on sharpening and preparing their minds, according to neuroscientist Amishi Jha.

Jha, an associate professor... [ more ]  




Peace of Mind in Omaha

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 

Peace of mind

By Maggie O’Brien | World-Herald News Service

Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 3:00 am

For Fire Battalion Chief Kathy Bossman, the 2003 slaying of Omaha Police Officer Jason “Tye” Pratt stands out. “It was heartbreaking,” said Bossman, who was in the ambulance as Pratt was rushed to the hospital. “We did everything we could to try to save him. I still think about it.”

Bossman said the experience was one of the reasons she got involved in the Fire Department’s new peer support program. The ... [ more ]  




Firefighter Suicide Rates Rising

Friday, August 14, 2015 

Suicide Rates Rising Among Firefighters

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Newtown Firefighters Get Assistance

Saturday, August 8, 2015 

Newtown firefighters get help coping from 9/11 responders

By Rob Ryser
The News-Times

NEWTOWN, Conn. — While hundreds of police officers, firefighters and emergency workers from the region were affected by the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, those closest to the horror were the town's first responders.

Now that landmarks of the worst crime scene in Connecticut history has been cleared from Sandy Hook's landscape, and construction of a new school is underway, local police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians are taking stock of the trauma on that December day, when 20 first-graders and six educators were killed by a young gunman.

For more ... [ more ]  




Have You PrePlanned?

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 


Mental Health Crisis: Have You Preplanned?



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‘We Can Help’ Says Denver Firefighter Working To Curb First Responder Suicide

CBS Denver Video

Tuesday, August 4, 2015   An alarming trend among first responders is raising concerns for local fire departments in Colorado and around the country.“Some of the burden and some of the issues relative to the job itself create the tendency for firefighters to take their lives,” said Denver Fire Capt. Greg Pixley.

Last year 104 firefighters in the United States committed suicide, according to the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance (FBHA). In jaw-dropping comparison, 87 firefighters were killed in the line of duty in 2014. Already this year 49 firefighters ... [ more ]  




Firefighter Behavioral Health and Suicide

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 

Firefighter Behavioral Health and Suicide

·       Posted by Jeremy Hurd on August 3, 2015 at 10:54am

As a part of the Florian Program Advisory Board, I have the privilege of attending an annual meeting that allows me to hear from some of the best and brightest minds in the area of firefighter behavioral health. The Florian Program is a recent addition to the Rosecrance Institute in Rockford, Illinois, and it focuses on firefighters who are struggling with substance abuse and any other type of co-occurring issue. This program has a group of professionals who understand the firefighter mentality, schedule, and personality. It is one of the most advanced programs for the treatment of firefig... [ more ]  




Firefighter Killed by Train Died by Suicide in Tullytown

Monday, August 3, 2015 

Coroner: Firefighter, EMT killed by train died by suicide in Tullytown

Posted: Sunday, August 2, 2015 4:15 pm |  Updated: 7:45 am, Mon Aug 3, 2015.  

 By Jo Ciavaglia Staff writer 

The Bucks County coroner has determined a 27-year-old Tullytown man died by suicide Saturday when he was struck and killed by an Amtrak train near the Levittown rail station.

Following an autopsy, Dr. Joseph Campbell said Sunday he determined George Redner III, a vo... [ more ]  




Firefighter Commits Suicide

Friday, July 31, 2015 

City official: Firefighter commits suicide

Posted: Thursday, July 30, 2015 7:45 pm  Odessa American

A 51-year-old captain of Odessa Fire/Rescue was found dead in an alley in the area of his home Thursday, and city officials said it was a suicide.

At about 3:05 p.m. Thursday, Andrea Goodson, a spokeswoman for the City of Odessa, said the Odessa Police Department was called to a gunshot victim in the 3600 block of East Everglade Avenue.

Goodson said police found Odessa Fire/Rescue Division Capt. Hugh Koenig on the ground in the alley. She wouldn’t confirm how the body was positioned when found and refused to release his address, but said Koenig lived in the area ... [ more ]  




Addiction Not a Symptom of PTSD

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 



                                  By Robert Michaels

                             An Educational Effort from Serve & Protect and

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PTSD Service Dogs Honors Canadian Firefighter

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 

 PTSD service dog named in honour of Edmonton firefighter

By Pamela Roth, Edmonton Sun

She may look like an ordinary 13-week-old German Shepherd but there's nothing ordinary about Bolt, the PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) service dog. The pooch is one of three puppies that are currently being trained so they can be placed with first responders battling PTSD. The name Bolt was chosen in honour of Edmonton firefighter Brad Symes who died last August by suicide, which his family links to work-related PTSD.

According to United Trauma, a volunteer PTSD organization based in Ontario that's made up of first re... [ more ]  




Suicides among Fire & EMS Professionals

Saturday, July 18, 2015 

Suicides among Fire & EMS Professionals

by Gary Ludwig On Jul 1, 2015

If you have been in this profession long enough, you can probably recall at least one call that you will never forget—a call to which you wished you had never been dispatched. For many of us, the call involved children. For others, it involved a call so horrific you have difficulty talking about it. Even if you have been in this profession less than a year, you’ve probably had to tell someone that their loved one has died. In the documentary “BURN,” now-retired FEO Dave Parnell of the Detroit Fire Department said it best: “I wish my head would forget what my eyes have seen.

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Charleston Firefighter Shares PTSD Story

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 

Former Charleston firefighter shares story of PTSD after Sofa Super Store fire

Posted: Jun 16, 2015 3:28 PM CDT  Updated: Jun 16, 2015 5:04 PM CDT

CHARLESTON, SC - Thursday marks the eighth anniversary of the furniture store fire that killed nine Charleston firefighters.  One firefighter who survived the fire, and watched as the building collapse on his brothers, spent years fighting another battle against Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Travis Howze says his nightmare began when he volunteered to recover the bodies. "It does make me proud to know that I volunteered to go in and bring them out,” Howze says, “although that one decision in my life haunts me more than anything.”

Nearly ei... [ more ]  




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