Living Someone Else’s Worst Day

Reverend D. Dean Young Senior Chaplain and President Pinellas Chaplains’ Association Inc The day had been a pleasant one, I had spent it with my family preparing for Christmas festivities. I was holding my youngest son when the alert went off. It said: Signal 7, PD/EMS Involvement, veh vs mc, engulfed in flames. The location was … Continue reading Living Someone Else’s Worst Day

Reflections on Times Past with PTSD

by Bubba Over the next few days, most, if not all of us, will start reflecting on the last year, which turns into years.  For me, this year means seeing a list of failures and loss in some areas, and gains in others.  The negative for the year is, of course, easy to see. First, … Continue reading Reflections on Times Past with PTSD

The Twelve-Step Approach to PTSD

by Joel Brende, MD Editor’s Note: It has been stated many times that first responders have a kinship with Vietnam Veterans. Why? Because, like these Vets, they are asking - no, demanding! - help  in coping with the horrific images, nightmares, and the other mental and emotional casualties of their professions. Lewis Epright, Sr., a … Continue reading The Twelve-Step Approach to PTSD

Finding a Positive: Pushing The Stigma Down

by Robert R. Devonshire Jr. Diagnosed almost two and a half years ago, I am finally at a place that I feel good again. I feel like I can now deal with my issues on my own and have been for a while. I am not sure what worked to get me here, but I … Continue reading Finding a Positive: Pushing The Stigma Down

Harassment in the Fire Service

by Shelly Spivey My story, as my old chief used to say, is “the same, but different”. Many female firefighters experience harassment of one kind or another while on the job. Although what I went through is my unique experience, it may seem familiar to others who have tread these same paths. The names have … Continue reading Harassment in the Fire Service