First Responder PTSD

St. Luke’s Program Helps First Responders Deal with PTSD

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While first responders excel at preventing harm, they rarely seek help to combat the emotional toll their occupation can have on their own mental health. St. Luke’s University Health Network is addressing this issue by launching a program that provides support and therapy for first responders who suffer on-the-job post-traumatic stress disorder and other trauma-related side effects.

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Loan Forgiveness Program Would Benefit PA’s First Responders (Op-Ed)

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Under the program, those who graduate from college or another post-secondary institution in Pennsylvania beginning next fall would be able to exchange each year of service as a volunteer firefighter or a member of an EMS organization for loan forgiveness.

EMS Member Subjected to Ethnic Intimidation During Patient ‘Rant,’ Police Say

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A member of the Dewey EMS ambulance squad who was trying to treat a patient in mid-August was subjected to a “rant” that included ethnic intimidation, Lower Saucon Township Police said Tuesday in a news release. According to police, John Placotaris, 50, of the 2100 block of Apple Street, was the patient, and the ambulance service was attempting to treat him and take him to St. Luke’s University Hospital on the morning of Aug. 15. Placotaris has been charged with harassment and ethnic intimidation, police said.

‘Heroes Blood Drive’ Kicks Off

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Officials at Miller-Keystone Blood Center have announced that the second annual “Boots, Badges & Bandages” Heroes Blood Drive competition between firefighters, law enforcement and emergency medical service personnel kicks off on Memorial Day, May 25, and will run through Labor Day, Sept. 7, 2015. “Blood donations traditionally decline in the summer months, due to high school breaks and family vacations,” said Sean Tinney, Director of Marketing and Business Development for Miller-Keystone. “However, we still need to collect approximately 450 units per day, 365 days per year, to meet the transfusion needs of our regional hospitals. The Boots vs.