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Grief

Didymus McHugh

When was the last time that we thought about grieving? People grieve many changes in their lives. We grieve losing a job, a divorce, death moving or any change. But do we really understand what it is to grieve?

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What Does Sacrifice Look Like?

What Does Sacrifice Look Like?

Didymus McHugh

There are many ways of sacrifice and for different reasons.  When we join the fire service, we do not know all the sacrifice that we will be making. We sacrifice our time going to classes, time away from our loved ones, when we are on duty or get called in for extra duty of filling in for someone that banged out sick. We sacrifice money to help those in need, our talents helping rebuild communities that have been affected by fire or disasters that we have responded to.

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When Helping Hurts: Trauma's Effects on First Responders

When Helping Hurts: Trauma's Effects on First Responders

Laura Reagan

Fred is a 40-year-old firefighter who has been working as a first responder for more than 15 years. In his first year as a firefighter, he arrived at a car accident in which three children were killed. Since then, he has been among the first to respond to the scenes of countless injuries and dozens of deaths.

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Server Couldn’t Ignore the Things She ‘Overheard’ Two Firefighters Say During Breakfast

Server Couldn’t Ignore the Things She ‘Overheard’ Two Firefighters Say During Breakfast

Oliver Darcy

A server at a New Jersey diner picked up the tab for a pair of firefighters late last month...

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Emergency Dispatchers Note Long Hours and Stress of Job

Emergency Dispatchers Note Long Hours and Stress of Job

Rachel Weiner

The woman who called 911 said she had been kidnapped by her boyfriend. All she knew was that she was in a red brick building somewhere near Benning Road in the District. She gave a name for her kidnapper, but on a public records search nothing came up.

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SUICIDE RATES RISING AMONG FIREFIGHTERS

Mark Lamplugh

Suicide rates are on the increase among firefighters. In fact, the rates are beginning to catch up with the rates of law enforcement officers. Some of the same stressors affect both groups and more corporate culture changes are needed to ensure that the best possible assistance is provided to first responders who are feeling so stressed that they experience suicidal ideations.

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Mitigating Stress in a Chaotic Career

MARK LAMPLUGH JR.

All firefighters can identify a reason that sparked their initial passion for becoming a firefighter—to serve their community, to save people, to work as part of a team, to become part of the station house brotherhood or something else. That reason turns into a passion that supersedes any fear of danger or job-related stress.

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Army Reserve paratrooper helps raise awareness of PTSD, suicide

Army Reserve paratrooper helps raise awareness of PTSD, suicide

Master Sgt. Mark Bell

During a lunch break while sitting in her car, Bell, a single mother of a 15-month old daughter, turned to Facebook to learn more about "Scattering CJ."  CJ Twomey, a former member of the Air Force from Maine, committed suicide in April 2010.

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Supporting First Responders to Children's Trauma

Mary L. Pulido

As the reports from the tragic school shooting in Newton, Conn., poured in, I listened non-stop and like others, tried to make sense of a senseless act of cruelty and horror. I was relieved to learn that my young nieces in Newtown were safe. I was devastated for those who lost their loved ones. As a first responder in the field of child abuse for over two decades, my heart also went out to those police, EMT's, teachers, firemen and medical personnel who had to deal with the horrific murder scene of innocent children and adults, their grieving families and the panicked surviving students. Later that evening, the news reported that those first responders were also receiving counseling services. I was relieved; the psychological and emotional impact of trauma on the "first responders" should never be under-estimated.

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Can I Have a Witness?

Dr. Tina S. Brookes

As they gather evidence, they quickly ask, “Are there any witnesses?  Did anyone see what happened?”

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