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From the Perspective of a First Responder:The Ticking Time Bomb of PTSD

This VPPPA article is by Lee Vernon with Code 3 Medical Services LLC.

"As first responders or emergency response team members it has been ingrained into us that you do not show emotion or weakness when it comes to a horrific call. It is ground into you from the beginning (at least when I started nearly three decades ago) that you will see some horrible things. I was told, “Suck it up. You signed up for this. If it bothers you that much, then maybe this isn’t the job for you.” For the majority of my career, which accounts for well over 20,000 calls, I buried and locked away the mental trauma because that is what you are supposed to do. Now, I can tell you how incredibly wrong that advice was."

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