Trauma in the fire service: ‘faces of dead people flashed before my eyes’

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After 30 years as a firefighter, Roger Moore struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder. He says the Fire Fighter Charity probably saved him from suicide

For nine months, former-firefighter Roger Moore had the image of a girl he’d seen die, hovering in his peripheral vision. The child had been killed in a car crash several years before and Moore had been one of the first on the scene.

It had been harrowing at the time, but he’d got up and gone to work as usual. It was only once the firefighter retired from his 30-year career a few years later, in 2013, that the image of her face returned to torment him.

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