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Middletown, OH FD Hampered at Super 8 Fire After Layoffs

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A district fire chief said recent layoffs nearly led to tragedy and got a stern rebuke from the city manager in internal emails reviewed by WCPO Tuesday."We narrowly averted tragedy," District Fire Chief Pau Lolli said after it took more than 25 minutes for all of the necessary crews to reach a fire at the Super 8 motel Sunday night.

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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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