Resources for First Responders

Sometimes it’s hard to separate what you see in your work from your personal life. It’s hard not to judge a situation, or stop bringing it back home with you. The hardest cases are the ones that you can relate to, when it hits close to home. Being a parent, sometimes I see things and think about what it would be like if it was my own child. We harden our mindsets and realize that this isn’t something that everybody can do, somebody has to though, but sometimes it does get to us. While physical scars can heal, it’s the emotional ones that end up hurting us the most. Ultimately what helps me deal with it is just talking. If you can, talk to your friends, family, coworkers, or even just your dog. Talk to somebody, because keeping it bottled up inside is the worst thing you can do.

Stacey has been in Fire Services for almost 25 years. He is an Airport Master Firefighter and EMT.

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