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

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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 ]  




City's Mental Health Efforts Fall Short

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 

 Fired firefighter: City's mental health efforts fall short

BY John Hult, 11:39 p.m. CDT June 6, 2015

In hindsight, Patrick Warren's implosion was years in the making. In 2011, Warren was a respected division chief at Sioux Falls Fire Rescue, known for administrative skill and a rational management style.

He... [ more ]  




Trauma Takes a Toll on First Responders

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 

Matters Of The Mind: Trauma Takes A Toll On First Responders

By Bree Sison, WBZ-TVJune 8, 2015 5:00 AM

BOSTON (CBS) – One-third of firefighters, police officers and emergency medical workers exposed to a traumatic call will be profoundly and deeply affected by what they’ve seen, according to research from Massachusetts first responder advocates.

For Hayden Duggan of Westminster, the call that changed the path of his career was a house fire in the 1980’s where a 12-year-old girl was said to be trapped on the second floor.

Read: More Matters Of The Mind

“We ... [ more ]  




Union Concerned About Firefighter's Suicides

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 

 Firefighter's union concerned about suicides

Posted: Tuesday, June 2, 2015 3:00 am

Larry Miller Tribune Staff Writer The Philadelphia Tribune

The local firefighter’s union president is concerned about an alarming trend in his ranks.

Three of his members have committed suicide since December. International Association of Firefighters Local 22 president Joe Schulle said the latest are only the most recent.

“There have been seven suicides over the last four years,” he said. “It’s a serious problem and obviously one where there are a lot of issues that co... [ more ]  




Can We Talk?

Friday, May 29, 2015 

How do you deal with emotional problems? The range of options is as varied as the problems and personalities involved.

When something has you bogged down, do you find a good friend and talk it through or do you keep to yourself? Everyone has their own way of dealing with life’s bigger issues. Some find relief through exercise or other physical activities. Others need someone to talk to, while others—me included--will take pen to paper and write out their thoughts and feelings.

On the opposite end of the scale, are those that keep their problems to themselves. Maybe it’s not their nature to talk about what’s bothering them or maybe they are fear the reaction or the repercussions.

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Houston Firefighter Murder/Suicide

Friday, May 22, 2015 

 HPD: Firefighter fatally stabbed girlfriend, hanged self

KHOU Staff, 9:45 a.m. CDT May 22, 2015

HOUSTON -- A Houston firefighter has died in an apparent murder-suicide, according to the Houston Police Department.

The bodies of a man and woman were found before 7 p.m. Thursday at a Lake Houston-area home on Lake Prince Lane near Smith Lake Lane. Family members went to check on the couple because the female victim had not picked up her daughter earlier in the day.more ]  




Advice for Your Teen With Mental Health Challenges

Friday, May 8, 2015 

Project UROK teaches teens how to talk about anxiety and mental illness

By Matt Petronzio

Mara Wilson, writer and performer who made her name as a child actress in Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire, is sitting in front of a gray screen, hair gathered in a messy bun, wearing a sweatshirt with a stylized cat face on it and a big blue pin that says "UROK." In a casual tone that previous generations could never have conjured for such personal subjects, she is talking about anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and the arc of her life from "anxious kid" to "anxious adult."

"I wish somebody had told me it's OK to be anxiou... [ more ]  




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