Trauma affects both first responders and those they’re serving, conference attendees told

The city of Spokane held a conference of police and firefighters discussing on-the-job trauma affecting both first responders and the people they assist, writes Rachel Alexander in the Spokesman Review.

‘“If I had a broken leg, nobody would criticize me for saying, ‘Ow, I’ve got a broken leg,’ ” he said. “Lack of understanding of what happens to us causes us to think that post-traumatic stress is some kind of weakness or failure.”’

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