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The Other Victims: First Responders To Violent Disasters Often Suffer Alone

Some firefighters, EMTS and police officers say recent mass shootings have brought to the surface their own trauma, buried over years on the job. Many find it hard to open up and seek help.
Some firefighters, paramedics and police officers say the tragedies they respond to haunt them, leading to depression, job burnout, substance abuse, and more. Source: Heidi de Marco

The night a gunman fired into a crowd of 22,000 people at the country music festival in Las Vegas in 2017, nursing supervisor Antoinette Mullan at University Medical Center was focused on one thing: saving lives.

She recalls dead bodies on gurneys across the triage floor, a trauma bay full of victims. But "in that moment, we're not aware of anything else but taking care of what's in front of us," Mullan says.

She calls that event, "the most horrific evening of my life." But in a career spanning 30 years, Mullan has experienced plenty of other

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