The death of those we consider innocent is hard to reconcile. When there are multiple deaths involving children, it affects all of our society. The more media coverage involved, the more impact the call often has. Other than family members and close friends, first responders are often those affected the most by such incidents. The terrible tragedy that took place at Stoneman Douglas High School was the type of event that overwhelms resources and those who respond. Our brothers and sisters in the Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department and other surrounding Departments responded to the scene and performed as professionals in the face of the horrific scene. Their actions saved countless lives. . . and then they were left to deal with the emotions that came from the images and experiences of the day.
Through tragedy comes love, support and resiliency. Firefighter Peer Support from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, Coral Springs-Parkland, Margate-Coconut Creek, Lauderhill, Broward Sheriff’s Office, Orlando Fire Fighters Peer Support Team, FDNY and the IAFF were deployed to 29 fire stations and met with 529 Firefighters over 3 days following the Parkland shooting to support Florida's Firefighters.
This event has forever changed the community and the first responders, through collaboration and our partnerships we will heal our community and first responders. #MSD STRONG