Firefighters’ fight against PTSD: How losing a loved one has sparked a call to action

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There is a code red for first responders when it comes to PTSD.

It’s a problem that plagues our veterans and now is spilling into the streets of Chicago and across the country.

Firefighters are dying and those who love them want to make a change to save lives.

So for this silent killer, there is now a call to action.

Medical reporter Dina Bair explores the problem and a search for solutions.


To learn more about RE;ACT 4 RYAN, including an upcoming suicide awareness and prevention event Dec 5, 6 and 7 in Worth, go to

And later this week the Elwoods will travel to the Illinois Fire Fighter Institute in Champaign, where they’ll present a $20,000 check on behalf of RE;ACT 4 RYAN – the first of many, they hope, to fund training programs.  Something Ryan was certainly passionate about.

To learn more about Dan DeGryse and the Rosecrance Florian Program for First Responders, go to


More coverage:

Part 2: Firefighters’ fight against PTSD: Before death, firefighter makes plea to others

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