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PTSD IN FIRST RESPONDERS: An Audio-Visual Experience and Conversation

What: PTSD in First Responders: An Audio-Visual Experience and Conversation
Presented by: 90.7 WMFE, ProPublica & Orlando Public Library
Date: Wednesday, June 6
Time:  6-8:30 p.m.
Location: Melrose Center, Orlando Public Library, 101 E Central Blvd., Orlando
Tickets: Free but please RSVP


The Pulse nightclub shooting laid bare an issue first responders have been dealing with for decades: Post-traumatic stress disorder is a huge issue for their field. Studies have found that anywhere from 6.5 percent to 37 percent of first responders have PTSD symptoms. According to one survey, one in 15 paramedics had attempted suicide, a rate 10 times higher than the general population.

One week before marking two years since the Pulse tragedy, 90.7 WMFE, ProPublica and the Orlando Public Library are hosting an event on June 6 at the Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center (second floor of the library) to illuminate how PTSD affects first responders and their families.

Join us for an immersive audio-visual experience based on 90.7 WMFE health reporter Abe Aboraya’s stories on those impacted, followed by a conversation with them and public officials on how to better address this urgent, but little-discussed, issue. Also during the event, first responders are invited to share their stories with WMFE’s reporting team to help fuel their future stories on the topic. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP NOW

Wednesday, June 6
6 – 7 p.m.: Audio-visual presentation & refreshments
7 – 8:30 p.m.: Discussion followed by Q&A

Panelists include:
– Josh Granada, former engineer and firefighter who responded to the Pulse nightclub shooting
– Omar Delgado, former Eatonville Police Officer who responded to the Pulse nightclub shooting
– Jessica Realin, whose husband, Gerry Realin, was on the hazmat team cleaning up after the Pulse nightclub shooting
– Nancy Rosado, former police officer and a former New York City police sergeant during the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack. She now works as a mental health counselor and specializes in treating first responders with PTSD.
– Florida Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith
– Florida Sen. Victor Torres
– Michael Saxe, head of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 145
– Geoff Bichler, workers’ compensation attorney in Orlando specializing in representing first responders

TELL YOUR STORY: WMFE and ProPublica will be collecting stories of first responders and their families for the project in the video production studio at the Melrose Center during this event. If you and a friend would like to talk about your experience with PTSD,

please make an appointment here



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