Doug Bedell — June 26, 2020, 10:21 am

Collectively, It’s Been Some Year – First Responders Worn Thin

The COVID-19 pandemic, civil disturbances still going on, a severe hurricane season likely, and a likely resurgence of COVID-19 – how much stress, an In Public Safety blogger asks, can first responders, especially, take?

“The COVID-19 pandemic and its wide-ranging effects is a disaster event that most first responders have never experienced during their careers. While there have been pandemics throughout history, events with such severe changes and predictions have not occurred to the majority of first responders…

“In addition to work-related stress, the stay-at-home orders that state governments put in place prevented first responders from any release of stress. For example, gyms and outdoor recreation were closed, and about the only stress-relieving activities available to first responders was to order takeout and watch television.”

Some year, indeed! Cheers to first responders, and all of us.

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