First responders struggle with PTSD caused by the emergencies, deaths, tragedies they face every day

Ken Dillon says he had seen “the worst of the worst” in his long career as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician, paramedic and police officer. But the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in 2012 “was the straw that broke the camel’s back,” says the Connecticut state trooper who got help for post-traumatic stress disorder. Dillon says first responders need to remember that it’s normal to have an emotional response to tragedies. MUST CREDIT: Photo by Eva Deitch for The Washington Post

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