Trauma of first responders

A deadly motorcycle crash in 2012 is being used as a reminder to first responders in our area that they’re not alone when dealing with grief. Friday, we told you about Ruthy Storrs, who lost her son Robert and future daughter-in-law Jessica in the crash.  The scene was a gruesome one for first responders. That’s why Storrs wants to help those who experience trauma.

You may have seen Col. Danny McKnight in the movie ‘Black Hawk Down’ played by Tom Sizemore. Saturday, the real Ranger Battalion Commander was in Paducah.

“A lot of people have asked me, was it really that bad?’ And I said, ‘No not really. You probably need to multiply it by about 10 times,’” Col. McKnight said.

His visit wasn’t about him. It was about his admiration for first responders. He spoke about his journey to say to law enforcement, they are not alone.

In the crowd, Paducah Police Officer Chris Bolton says a lot of good came from the discussion. He says he goes to sleep with flashbacks of calls every night and believes keeping feelings inside can lead to serious consequences like alcoholism and drug abuse. “We’ve got to be able to look ourselves in the mirror and say you know what I’m not as strong as I think I am,” Bolton added. 

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