Could everyone reading this just pause for a bit and really think about our fellow citizens who, literally, put their lives on the line for us every day?
I’m talking about police officers and firefighters who face deadly dangers and serious stressors on a regular basis. Gruesome car accidents, raging fires with trapped victims screaming for help, domestic abuse calls that can easily end with officers injured or killed. Hostage situations and the ever-present possibility of having to respond to a mass shooting or bombing, blood, terror, death is a way of life for these brave first responders.
Can you imagine facing this kind of trauma every single work day? How would you cope?
The sad fact is a growing number of law enforcement officers and firefighters find it impossible to go on. The cumulative effect of all the shock bearing down on their souls day after day can lead them to face the final, ultimate demon — the urge to commit suicide.