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First responders, the men and women in the fire services, EMS, and law enforcement, often respond to people experiencing one of their worst days. How does shouldering all that grief affect our first responders?
Episode 53 of the Hope4Med podcast features Chief Lorenzo Gigliotti, who has served 38 years in the fire service, 28 years as a fire chief, and has served in local and state-level roles. Chief Gigliotti possesses an associate’s degree in paramedicine, an undergraduate degree in fire service administration, and a Master’s in business administration. We have an eye-opening conversation about grief, PTSD, and suicide rates among first responders and how counseling and wellness practices have helped to mitigate these effects.