“Daddy, were you brave? And how come you’re not a fireman anymore?”

by Don Prince, IMAC, NCACIP Warrior's Heart There will come a day when your son or daughter will find that photo of you that we all have had taken when we joined or made Class “A” status or got promoted. You know the one where you look somewhat awkward with your hat tipped to far … Continue reading “Daddy, were you brave? And how come you’re not a fireman anymore?”

A Day in the Life of an Addict with PTSD

by Dana I have been a first responder for almost ten years. I am a survivor of workplace sexual assault. I have been exposed to several traumatic scenes while on duty. I was first diagnosed with PTSD in the fall of 2013. It stemmed mainly from two specific traumatic experiences that occurred on shift. I … Continue reading A Day in the Life of an Addict with PTSD

Fighting the Devil Within

by Don Prince None of us ever wants to admit defeat. It is not in our nature.  What makes it even more difficult for people like us is what we do.  We are the ones going in, giving aid, support, sacrifices and sometimes even our lives in order to save others.  We are supposed to … Continue reading Fighting the Devil Within

For You Brother, I Will

by Eric Paniak Firefighter Are we really saving our own? We talk about brotherhood— We talk about saving our own— Are these things that only happen on the fire ground? Why is it that when one of our own is having emotional problems we alienate or isolate them? Our job is inherently dangerous and mentally … Continue reading For You Brother, I Will