DFD 1 Observes “We Remember” Night Honoring First Responder Suicides

DFD 1 Observes “We Remember” Night Honoring First Responder Suicides
DFD 1 Observes “We Remember” Night Honoring First Responder Suicides
DFD 1 Observes “We Remember” Night Honoring First Responder Suicides

First responders, who include firefighters, police officers, EMS personnel, medical personnel, disaster relief workers, and coroners, typically arrive early to incidents involving harm to people or property. The nature of their work exposes them to death, grief, injury, pain, and loss, coupled with demanding schedules, physically challenging job requirements, and a lack of safety and security in certain work situations. In DeSoto Parish, many of our First Responders are volunteers that serve out of love for their community and neighbors. Chances are the DeSoto First Responders that come to your aid will know you or your family members.

Repeated exposure to death and destruction can result in emotional trauma, which can lead to mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, PTDS, and in the worst cases, suicide. Ironically, the May 15 event fell on the day before the anniversary of DeSoto Fire District 1’s former chief, Rusty Canton’s death by suicide.

Logansport and DeSoto Parish as whole suffered a terrible loss with the death of Rusty. His end of watch (EOW) came on May 16, 2019 in the town that he had called home for almost his entire life.

 

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