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The following message by firefighter Jimmy Brown of F.D.N.Y. tells it like it is....Jimmy worked out of Engine 10 across from the World Trade Center in New York. He climbed to the 24th floor of the South Tower when it began to collapse. Hit with debris, he feared being buried, but he made his way to street level walking through dust so thick he couldn't see or hear anything. After a hospital stay, dogged by numbness and loss of interest in life, he spent days at home doing nothing, consumed by survivor's guilt and despair.

Jimmy took part in the "Real Men Real Depression" campaign launched by the NIMH to educate the public about depression in men. NAFFVN supports the front line firefighters of America by bringing this important message to those who may be hurting inside.....where the fire in the belly smoulders......and the flashover of events can cause you to be consumed ......

... put F.I.R.S.T. S.T.E.P. H.O.P.E. in your tool box when your on the line and listen to Jimmy speak by going to the following link:

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Everyone should view this.


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Stephanie Conn, Registered Clinical Counsellor, R.C.C., specializing in issues affecting emergency services personnel. Former law enforcement officer and CISM peer support.  Vancouver B.C.


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