Date: August 28- 29, 2021
Location: Arington Tree Farm, Cambridge, WI
First Responders see things that no one should have to see. It is the nature of the profession. These encounters, coupled with chronic workplace stress, are taking their toll on those who work in Fire, EMS, Law Enforcement, and Emergency Dispatch. Though the community may see emergency responders as Heroes and Superheroes, they are as human and susceptible to human conditions as anyone else.
In an article published June 25, 2019, authored by Ann Marie Farina, executive director of The Code Green Campaign, “In the United States, more first responders die by suicide than in the line of duty each year. In a 10-day period this month, three NYPD officers, a Philadelphia sheriff’s LGBTQ liaison, and four other first responders in Michigan, Minnesota, California, and Nevada have died by suicide."
In a recent update from Jeff Dill, Founder and CEO of The Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance, there have been 97 active & retiree Firefighter and 26 EMS suicides that were verified by their organization that occurred during the year 2020. As of April 26, 2021 there have already been 21 law enforcement and 4 EMS suicides in Wisconsin alone.
With the recent spotlight bringing the rate of First Responder suicides to the forefront, the Dane County EMS Honor Guard is joining the fight by working to bring awareness, support, and education to those on the front line.
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