First Responders and Trauma: Bridging the Gap

by Elizabeth Willman, MS, LPC, CSAC, SAP Our current media is infiltrated with violent attacks among various religious, cultural, ethnic and political groups that are receiving large amounts of attention. As a result, one of the most lethal and deadly attacks we fail to acknowledge is the physical, emotional and spiritual attack upon our current … Continue reading First Responders and Trauma: Bridging the Gap

Miracle

by Ann González She walked into the station, The girl with her legs mangled a year ago Wrapped impossibly around the pedals Folded like an accordion by the weight of the dash Smashed and broken When her car slid gracefully across the ice Headlong into the fire truck. I watched my son relive the moment, … Continue reading Miracle

When Serving Becomes Surviving: PTSD and Suicide in the Fire Service

by Peggy Sweeney The Sweeney Alliance Editor's Note: Tim Casey, referenced in this article, was a dear friend of mine who took his own life in the summer of 2015.  While watching a news report about a major apartment fire with many casualties including several children, I became aware of a group of professionals who … Continue reading When Serving Becomes Surviving: PTSD and Suicide in the Fire Service

A Struggle to Survive

by Peggy Sweeney The Sweeney Alliance Topics such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), mental illness, and suicide among our returning soldiers are very real and very disturbing and cause for concern for their families. For many of these families, as well as the public in general, it seems that these problems are either being ignored or … Continue reading A Struggle to Survive