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Lean on me: Local firefighters start new peer support group


YOUR LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT — LIKELY HAS A BRAND NEW TRAINING PROGRAM. IT’S FOCUSED — ON KEEPING FIREFIGHTERS MENTALLY HEALTHY. THIS STORY — IS PART OF OUR MOVEMBER SERIES ON MEN’S HEALTH. “====PKG====” “FIREFIGHTER: LOUD TONE THAT TELLS US THAT WE HAVE TO GO ON AN EMERGENCY CALL.” *TRACK IT’S A SCENE — THAT COULD WARM THE COLDEST HEART. FIREFIGHTERS — TEACHING KIDS.. HELPING KIDS. “FIREFIGHTER: HERE YOU GO.” “JOE MYERS: ‘NERVOUS SIGH..’ ” *TRACK BUT… WHEN THAT TONE YOU HEARD — SOUNDS FOR REAL. “JOE MYERS: THE MOTHER RUNS UP AND SAYS ALL THREE OF MY CHILDREN ARE IN THE HOUSE… ” *TRACK VO-DEADLY HOUSE FIRE 2010/SLOW MO? FIREFIGHTERS — DON’T ALWAYS GET — A HEARTWARMING SCENE “WOMAN: WE SAW THEM CARRY THEM OUT…” “JOE MYERS: THIS HOUSE IS BURNING… POWERLINES ARCING AND SPARKING AND THERE’S THESE THREE LITTLE KIDS IN THIS FRONT YARD… IT WAS HORRIBLE… ” *TRACK IN FRONT OF THAT HOLLOW HOUSE IN 2010 — JOE AND OTHER FIREFIGHTERS – PERFORMED CPR. THE KIDS — DID NOT MAKE IT. “JOE MYERS: IT DESTROYED US.” “JOE MYERS: I’VE RELIVED THAT FIRE CALL HUNDREDS OF TIMES SINCE THEN… HUNDREDS OF TIMES.. ” “SNAP” *TRACK VO- ADLER PKG HAZ MAT TRAINING 2/22/2016 FOR ALL THE TRAINING FIREFIGHTERS DO — THERE’S A GAP. JOE AND OTHER MEN — TEND TO BOTTLE UP EMOTIONS. THEY NEEDED A WAY — TO HELP EACH OTHER. “JOE MYERS: WE’VE BEEN TRAINED TO TAKE CARE OF ALL THIS STUFF. BUT, WE’VE NEVER BEEN MENTALLY OR EMOTIONALLY PREPARED. ” *TRACK VO-CUTS FROM INTERVIEW/HAND, HELMET? SO, JOE — JOINED OTHERS. TOOK A 16-HOUR CLASS.. HELPED LAUNCH A PEER SUPPORT GROUP. “JOE MYERS: THE MAIN PART OF BEING A PEER IS BEING ABLE TO SIT AND LISTEN TO SOMEBODY ATTENTIVELY… PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THEM.” “JOE MYERS: YOU JUST NEED A WAY FOR SOMEBODY TO LISTEN TO YOU.. A WAY TO VENT AND LET IT OUT AND MOVE ON.” AND, SEEING — WHAT YOU’D WISH — YOU COULD UNSEE. JOE WILL UNDERSTAND OTHER’S GRIEF. HE — USED TO GO HOME — AND — *TRY TO DRINK THE DEMONS AWAY. “JOE MYERS: I’M NOT AFRAID TO SAY, I’M A RECOVERING ALCOHOLIC.. I’VE BEEN DRY FOR 5 YEARS NOW… ” “FIREFIGHTER: LIGHTS OFF WE GET A CALL IN THE NIGHT… AND THE LIGHTS TURN ON AND IT GOES, BEEP, BEEP, BEEP.” *TRACK EDUCATING OTHERS — “FIREFIGHTER: SLIDES DOWN THE FIRE POLE” *TRACK BEING PHYSICALLY — READY TO RESPOND. AND, NOW — A CONFIDENTIAL WAY TO BE EMOTIONALLY FIT — FOR ANYTHING. EVEN FOR THE DAYS — WHEN YOU GET TO SMILE. “WOMAN: KIDS CHEESE.” 31 GUYS ARE TRAINED NOW TO BE COUNSELORS IN THE PEER SUPPORT GROUP IN 10 LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENTS. IF YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT MEN’S HEALTH AND THE MOVEMBER PROJECT, CHECK OUT #MOVEMBERSGF — YOU’RE ASKED TO DO JUST ONE THING — TO IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH — IT COULD BE JUST MAKING A DOCTOR’S APPOINTMENT. WE’VE GOT THE WEBSITE ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGES. #### DRURY UNIVERSITY H REALED– ITS EXPANSION PLANS– FOR THE

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