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Our Stories: The Depressed Firefighter

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I never told the other firefighters in my department about my depression. I was afraid they would see me in a different light if they knew how depressed I was before joining. I would rather not be treated differently because of it.No one is alone. Even if they choose to keep it to themselves, as I have done until now, they’re not alone. Never. That’s something I’ve learned.

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Firefighters Address Alarming Suicide Rates

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Some in the firefighting service say that despite their image of stoicism in the face of danger, it only masks a dark secret -- that firefighters themselves endure intense emotional turmoil, and that some take their own lives, unable to cope with that pain. NBC 5's Phil Rogers reports.

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