"You have these deputies who are screaming on the radio, ‘Bring more quick clot, bring more quick clot!’ So, it dawns on me, as I’m walking up to the house… these are the same deputies that were screaming, ‘Bring more fire extinguishers!’ last night."
Every first responder has a call that sticks with them long after the final flame is extinguished or the last chest compression is performed. While the circumstances and details vary, every story is an integral piece of the puzzle of what it means to be in public service. Sometimes that picture is happy and sometimes it’s heart-wrenching, but each is framed by the foundational role mental health plays in first responders’ experiences individually and collectively.
Join former firefighter/paramedic and host Phil Klein as he sits down with Lt. Drew, a nearly 29-year veteran of law enforcement, to discuss the re-emerging topic of mental health. A frequent contributor to law enforcement-related podcasts, Drew shares both personal and professional events that have made him a fierce advocate for ensuring first responders receive the mental and emotional support they need.
Are you a first responder who has a story from the road you’d like to share? Email email@example.com, and you could be featured in an upcoming episode.