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Deputy Kills Family, Self- Sherrif Calls for More Awareness of Mental Health in First Responders

A horrible story of a Florida Sherrif Deputy who killed his family, including his grandchild, and then himself. Sherrif Chad Chronister reports that the deputy killed himself in front of colleagues despite their immediate response and plea to talk him down. The full story is here on CNN.

“We have to change the culture,” Chronister said. “We have to make sure everyone knows that it’s OK to ask for help. It’s not a sign of weakness to say, ‘Listen, I’m having a difficult time, I’m having a hard time, I need some help.’

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Sean P. Haaverson has been involved in Emergency Services since 2000 when he started out as a volunteer fire fighter in Bernalillo, New Mexico. Over the span of his career he has experience working in multiple levels of emergency services: dispatch, rural and urban EMS, hospital care, austere and remote duty medicine, flight medicine, administration and teaching. He is currently a licensed Paramedic with certification in Critical Care and Remote Duty Medicine. Sean holds a BAAS degree focused in Emergency Management and Emergency Medical Services Management. Sean serves as the co-founder and President/CEO of Emergency Services Outreach and the Center for Advanced Medical Training. He is also the National Association of EMT’s State Advocacy Coordinator for New Mexico.
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