More first responders taking own lives than killed in line of duty
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — One of Mark George’s first calls as a rookie San Diego firefighter was the San Ysidro McDonalds massacre, at the time the worst mass shooting in American history.
Over his career he did not realize it gave him a serious case of PTSD which would haunt him, pushing him to the brink of suicide.
Today he is working to reduce the suicide rate amongst first responders because the fact is last year more police officers and firefighters killed themselves than were killed in the line of duty.
KUSI’s John Soderman delves into this disturbing trend in a special report.