Managing PTSD As A Firefighter

By Joseph Hunter, M.A. – First Responder Wellness Program

Firefighters face dangerous and traumatic events on a daily basis.  There is no way to know or predict which event could affect a firefighter negatively enough to cause post-traumatic stress disorder.

Unfortunately, in a culture of bravery and pride, asking for help can be seen as weakness and many do not seek the help they need.  They can be left to deal with PTSD on their own and revisit difficult and negative emotions over and over again.  Firefighters can feel like they are trapped in a painful past.

If you have noticed long periods of stress that has disrupted your home and work life, asking for help is nothing to be ashamed of.  Find out more about getting help for your PTSD.

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Happy Fathers Day… Take Your Lumps Like A Man

By Sean Riley

So…  how do you say thank you to a man who worked 40 plus years in a factory and provided me with every opportunity he never had in life and then I crushed his heart and became a drug addict and ultimately indicted by the Federal Government for “Doctor Shopping”…  Well let me start here.

I want to introduce to everyone my father, Tim Riley.  I think the thing I respect most about him is he’s my “father” not my friend.  I’ll tell you later why this was so important in saving my life.  He’s the kind of man that has always been there to help others. Whenever anything went wrong in our entire family my dad was always there to make it all work out. Is he a pushover…  hell no, never was, never will be.  He’s a man of character, faith, ethics and family values.

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The Life of a Corrections Officer

By Captain Tammy Norton

The public watches many new TV episodes these days of “Orange is the New Black” or “Prison Break” and they wonder, what is it really like to work in a prison setting?  Sean prompted me to write a piece for the blog and intimidated I was, not because I didn’t have plenty to say, I have worked in prison settings for the past 21 years-I just didn’t know how to say it, but here it goes.

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