First responders risk their lives to save others everyday. Sometimes the images of tragedies, like the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre and the firefighters killed in Webster, can linger in their minds. As Dan Bazile reports, that's when the Reduce Emergency Stress Team gets call.
They rushed in as shots rang out at Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut. Then, they were struck with grief in the middle of the carnage of 20 children and 6 adults. No matter how well they were trained, nothing could have prepared those first responders for this type of trauma.
“The top two are death of children or serious injury to children and death of a co-worker,” Johanna Flanigan, Reduce Emergency Stress Team coordinator.
That death of a coworker happened in the Rochester suburb of Webster. Two volunteer firefighters were fatally shot by William Spengler early Monday morning, when they arrived at a fire Spengler had set.