“This one, everybody was gripped, everybody was listening, nobody really knew what to do, who to call, what to say. I mean, you don’t train for that because you don’t know that’s gonna happen — like you don’t prepare for stuff like that.” – Lieutenant Drew
“It was a room full of zombies.” When a happy-go-lucky, well-liked sheriff’s deputy announced across a main radio channel at a 911 communications center that he had taken the lives of his family and planned to take his own, his fellow first responders were shell-shocked. In the aftermath, many were left to wonder how someone who seemed so outwardly positive was inwardly dealing with demons they knew nothing about.
Join former paramedic/firefighter and host Phil Klein as he welcomes Lieutenant Drew back to the podcast to discuss a traumatic triple murder-suicide and the profound effect it had on those who were involved – at all levels. From the dispatchers and deputies who responded audially and visually to the HR professional who blamed herself for her part in hiring the deputy, Drew discusses the importance of recognizing everyone’s role in a critical incident and comprehensively addressing the impact it can have on the mental health of first responders and civilians alike.
Listen to Lieutenant Drew’s first story from the road in season one, and check out other captivating episodes at www.storiesfromtheroadpodcast.com.
You can learn more about Lieutenant Drew and his work by visiting https://linktr.ee/DrewBreasy.