- Former Firefighter | Texas
Most of the public does not know or understand that more first responders are dying by suicide than in the line of duty.
That is heartbreaking! Why aren't we demanding that a job so mentally taxing be held to a higher standard of mental care. There are physical checks and requirements. If you were physically injured on the job you would have a visit, be checked out my a physician and treated if appropriate.
These men and women may put their lives before others but that does not mean they are invincible. Why aren't mental health checks offered or made mandatory. Why aren't we arming these men and women with the tools to get through these devastating calls (that are often on repeat) before that call ever happens.
We aim to educate and bring awareness to this which will bring more advocates and change in these departments regarding overall mental health/PTSD.
It is our mission to spread awareness and education, help make changes for mental health care through our legislatures and help change the world for everyone in these roles.
This can be done anonymously but is not mandatory. You can do this by email, letter, video, art, poem, pictures or a combination. Whatever speaks to you!
This does not need to be graphic but does need to be honest and true. This does not need to be more than you are comfortable sharing.
We will be sharing this project on our website, online, through our social media, at our events and more.
Together we will be apart of something bigger than ourselves, together we can take a chunk out of the stigma!
Contact Amanda (only she handles this)(Amanda@AcrossAllLines.org) for more information or to submit your story
Kevin lived a short 41 years on this Earth but changed the lives of many. His friends, family and the city of St. Cloud, Minnesota. Kevin was a St. Cloud firefighter for 12 years, it was his passion and he was very proud to give back to the community in this way.
For all that knew him knows that he was a funny, personable guy. A great dad, son and friend. The last 3-4 years of Kevin's career (and life) he struggled with PTSD symptoms. Behind his smile and laughter was pain, pain that Kevin never got the chance to learn how to fully cope with. Kevin was diagnosed with PTSD at the Center of Excellence in August 2018 and was let go from his position in January 2019.
Kevin lost his life to PTSD on July 23, 2019 by use of alcohol.
*This account of Kevin's life and struggle were submitted by his mother. Thank you Elaine for sharing his story with us.
Mike Logue was a dedicated firefighter in Houston and Central Texas and was an Army medic veteran.
He loved to help others and always put others first.
His dogs Kai and Indiana were his everything and helped when nothing else would.
We thank Mike for his fire and Army Service, thank his family for supporting our mission and sharing his memory and work with us.
We fight for you Mike!
Meet Keith Newton, he is a retired Lt. Lic-Paramedic and is Chaplain for Denton Fire Department.
Please take the time to learn more about Keiths story through his video linked below. (Trigger Warning: Talks about fire call involving children)
Thank you Keith for being so vulnerable, understanding and finding the strength to help others as you reached out to help yourself.