Strong. Tough. Brave.
Those are some the words that come to mind when you think of a first responder. And if you ask a person who is first responder be they a police officer, fireman, paramedic, they would probably use the same words. While those words are certainly true there are some other words that come to mind also.
Pain. Trauma. Anguish.
The reality is that first responders are like everyone else, we also hurt sometimes. Not just physically but from mental trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The culture of being strong and tough is sometimes the barrier that prevents first responders from seeking help.
That is where Boots on the Ground can help.