Retired B.C. firefighter shares his battle with PTSD

Retired B.C. firefighter shares his battle with PTSD

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Excellent article in the Penticton Western News on PTSD and mental injury in the workplace. Legislative changes cannot happen soon enough:

Patrick Hampson could only stare death in the face so many times along the “killer highway” before it left him as twisted inside as the wreckage in front of him.

The former mayor of Oliver struggled as he recalled the vivid memory of a single-vehicle rollover on the Sea to Sky Highway that occurred while he was the fire chief in Squamish

“Just as I was taking his pulse … he died. After that I felt guilty for what I had thought, which was ‘thank God it’s not my daughter, it’s some other poor bastard,’” he said. “That’s when I started to realize I was having some trouble with this thing.”

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