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Talking About Suicide Can Help You Avoid It

Talking About Suicide Can Help You Avoid It

Sometimes, the pain can be too much to bear. It feels like you don’t have any way out of the difficulties you’re facing, and it seems will only worsen over time. That’s why you started thinking about suicide.   But suicide isn’t the answer, and there is help. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-TALK (or 800-273-8255), a local emergency room, or even just dial 911. You know that suicide isn’t the right choice, and these resources […]

The Unappreciated

The Unappreciated

There comes a time in everyone’s life where all their efforts seem to be failing… There comes a time when nothing seems to work out despite our valiant efforts… There comes a time when disaster strikes those closest to us that do well, while the wicked live on and prosper… There comes a time when leaders will abuse their authority, slander & lie, promote mediocrity, and allow certain individuals who “fall in line” to break the rules while they discipline […]

The Forgotten Ones

The Forgotten Ones

It is a commonly known fact that those that care for others the most often receive the least care or concern in return…   It is commonly known that those who give the most of themselves, who bear their souls, and lift up others in prayer often suffer in silence with their own struggles of sin and pain…   To those who call out from the depths of despair… When you have walked through the darkness of your circumstance… Take […]

In One Moment

In One Moment

Many of us complain through our joys rather than celebrate them… We fail to realize that our lives are but mere moments… And it’s up to us to either live with remorse or cherish them… In one moment, we stand before God at an altar… In one moment, we cannot believe that our marriage has faltered… In one moment, we hold a precious new born child… In one moment, we are signing papers over differences that can’t be reconciled… In […]

This is My Fire House

This is My Fire House

Welcome to my fire house, it is like no other…   Here we answer the call of the needy, the hurting, and bring calm to the chaos…   This is my fire house, a place of provision, security, and accountability all in one…   Here we eat together, pray together, play together, and share our burdens…   This is my fire house, it is like no other for only here can we be real with one another…   Here we […]

The Shortest & Most Powerful Verse

The Shortest & Most Powerful Verse

The Shortest & Most Powerful Verse: “Jesus wept” (John 11:35) As firefighters, we don’t like to admit that we often hurt. Not just a physical pain from our work but an inner torment. We often push down the emotions from the things we see, the struggles in our own lives, and the stress we experience. Then in one moment, we erupt as if our emotional pressure relief valve gives up. The tears come and they fall like rain. Perhaps, in […]

Rescuing Our Own

Rescuing Our Own

Rescuing our own- “Why don’t those who save others call for help?” The United States is seeing increasing numbers of first responders suffering from behavioral health despite the increasing of availability of behavioral health resources. Statistical data has shown an increase in first responders suffering from these behavioral health issues such as: anxiety and depression, PTSD, alcohol & substance abuse, and increased risk of suicide. First Responders are exposed to occupational stress at a higher level than many other occupations […]

The Rescue of a Broken Heart:

The Rescue of a Broken Heart:

“Without realizing it, we often carry something around with us everywhere we go. We bring it out in our conversations and it shows up in our attitudes. It never really existed, yet it’s power lives among us and keeps us from moving forward.” Author unknown. A look, an act of omission, choosing to remove oneself, and the very lines on our face can tell more than many of us would like to admit about the condition of our heart. We […]

Answering the Call

Answering the Call

As one soldiers on in sharing the love of Christ with others in the fire service there is a consistent theme in all humanity that we encounter. It is the encounter of the wounded and broken soul who has built walls around their heart in defense of the hurt in this world. Their eyes seem to cry out the Psalmist words “My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, but I find no rest.” Psalm 22:2 […]

Depression Among First Responders

Depression Among First Responders

Depression Among First Responders-by Mark Lamplugh Everyone else is running away from the fire, but you’re charging right into it. Gunfire rings out in a crowded store and people scatter, but you run toward the sound of the shots. You are the bravest among us – first responders facing danger to keep others safe. But who is looking out for you and your emotional wellbeing? While most of society deals with the fight or flight response on a rather limited […]

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