‘Some first responders contemplate suicide’ The other side of a 911 call

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Every nine minutes, Sedgwick County EMS is responding to a call. 

“We take about 170 calls per day and transport 120 patients,” explained, Former Director of Sedgwick Co. EMS Department, Scott Hadley. “That equates to about 63,000 calls a year and 44,000 patients.” 

Hadley told KSN the job can take a toll on first responders, whom become connected with the person on the other end of that 911 call or the person they’re rushing into the emergency room, on a stretcher.  

“Unfortunately as first responders, dispatchers, firefighters, law enforcement officer or paramedic; we don’t get to script the outcomes for patients and sometimes they don’t all turn out the way we want them,” explained Hadley. 

Hardley was with Sedgwick County’s EMS Department for nearly 30 years and he told KSN that most of the trauma is centered around replaying those calls in your head. 

“It is about the outcome and did we do everything that we could? Did we do everything by the book? You play that over and over again in your mind and that’s where the emotional and psychologically trauma come into play,” he explained. 

Sedgwick County EMS now has a peer support group. 

“We didn’t have this before,” explained Hadley. ‘When I was a first responder people would think you were emotionally weak if you were effected by a phone call or a tragic scene.” 

Hadley told KSN that times have changed for the better adding that there are peer support groups responding to those who tried to revive Deputy Kunze. 

“They did everything they could,” said Hadley. “A loss like that is huge; any loss is huge and so we care about making sure our people are taken care of psychologically.” 

Support for the first responders, that now allows them to care for one another as much as they care for the community. 

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