by Peggy Sweeney I know your life On earth was troubled And only you could know the pain You weren't afraid to face the devil You were no stranger to the rain Oh, how we cried the day you left us We gathered round your grave to grieve ~ Go Rest On the Mountain lyrics, … Continue reading Remembering Tim Casey: Your Work on Earth is Done
by Steven Gerlang, EMT Central Islip Hauppauge Volunteer Ambulance Our emergency service workers; Police Officers, Firefighters, Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians: psychological well-being is often taken for granted and over looked. Studies have shown that there are roughly 18 to 20 members of our Emergency Services that take their own lives each day here in … Continue reading Who Helps Those That Help Us
by Peggy Sweeney Suicide is a serious topic that we rarely discuss. Yet, each year thousands of adults and children either attempt or complete suicide to resolve problems or put an end to emotional pain. As a result of their deaths, surviving family members and friends not only grieve but must cope with feelings of guilt … Continue reading Survivors of Suicide
by Peggy Sweeney Author’s Note: I address firefighters in this article, but the information provided applies to any and all emergency response and public safety professionals. Suicide is a very serious topic that we rarely discuss. Each year, thousands of adults and children either attempt or complete suicide to resolve problems or put an end to … Continue reading Why is There Suicide in the Fire Service?
by Chris Sterricker, Firefighter/Paramedic DuPage County, Illinois Editor’s Note: Although Chris wrote this article in August 2012 about the movie theater bombing in Aurora, Colorado, I thought it was a very timely piece to share following the Boston Marathon tragedy on April 15, 2013. By now, you have probably heard of the terrible news out of Aurora, … Continue reading Watching Out for Each Other (firefighter ptsd)