Over 10 weeks, in 2014, 13 first responders in Canada committed suicide. The reason? Often PTSD.
We will look at the story of a Mississauga firefighter living with PTSD. In 1997, Norman Traversy received the Firefighter Of The Year Award in Mississauga. Ten years later, receiving medical care for PTSD, he was completely broke, and couldn’t function as a firefighter any longer because of spinal injuries.
Eventually, in order to bring home a salary for his wife and three children, Norman was forced to work in a cubicle in front of which a shower curtain had been hung, and that was because his PTSD made him startle when people walked too closely to his cubicle.
The story of this Mississauga firefighter, who crawled on his belly through the wreckage of a vehicle which contained the bodies of four boys who he desperately tried to save, has never before been publicly told.
Joining the show along with Norman Traversy is Ontario NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo. DiNovo has had a private member’s bill before the provincial legislature for eight years. The bill would mandate services for first responders suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.