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PTSD class for first responders of all agencies

Many of us know them as local heroes. First responders and law enforcement are prepared to help us with lifesaving services, but one man says it’s time they had the same services returned to them. Steve Scott is a Blackfoot police officer. During his 15 years of service, he has learned firsthand the emotional burden that comes with being a first responder. He has organized a post-traumatic stress disorder class providing first responders a lifesaving resource designed just for them. Scott said: “We usually get called out to the worst of the worst, the worst case scenario. That’s why they are calling us. They need our help. ” Members of the emergency services know that responding to a gruesome scene is part of the job description., but Scott says, just because you know this, does not mean you know how to internalize it. Scott said: “They don’t teach you the aftermath, the emotional stuff that you deal with at the time of being there handling the situation. ” The mission is to serve and protect. According to Psychology Today, anything that falls short of this will take a toll on a first responder’s mental and physical health. Tommy Nickerson , a paramedic in Blackfoot, said: “Suicide and PTSD are the big things that are facing first responders currently. Last year, the suicide outranked line-of-duty death for first responders. We are trying to get the awareness out there and try to avoid this is one of our keys. ” Scott said: “Come to the class and listen. It will help you understand that you are not alone. And if you need to talk, talk. Hopefully, your loved ones will be there, too, and they can understand how to they can get you the help you need or just talking to your other brothers and sisters, other first responders,
and they can help you. ” Scott is asking first responders from all agencies to attend this class. He asking that you bring a loved one so that can understand how they can help you if you have PTSD. The class will be Monday, July 15, at 6 p.m. at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center.

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