Fire Chief Launches Mental Health Initiative to Combat PTSD

Fire Chief Launches Mental Health Initiative to Combat PTSD

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — It was just before Christmas when Battalion Chief Chris Burger responded to a call of an unresponsive infant. With the sort of muscle memory training only thousands of hours of training can build, he went to the home and did his job. He was the helper — cool under pressure, someone you can lean on — that everyone expects a firefighter to be. But afterward, it weighed on him. He thought of his daughter. The horror of what it would be like to spend Christmas without her. “It weighs heavy on you,” he said. “Over time, you...

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