October 16, 2016
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — The Sheriff's Office said a veteran Indian River County Fire Rescue firefighter killed himself Saturday night.
Indian River County Sheriff's deputies went to a wooded area off State Road 60 west of Interstate 95 about 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Eric Flowers said.
David Dangerfield 18 hours ago PTSD for Firefighters is real. If your love one is experiencing signs get them help quickly. 27 years of deaths and babies dying in your hands is a memory that you will never get rid off. It haunted me daily until now. My love to my crews. Be safe , take care. I love you all.Dangerfield had driven his pickup to mile marker 13 on State Road 60, about midway between I-95 and Yeehaw Junction, Flowers said. Dangerfield made a 911 call from there and told dispatchers where he could be found, Flowers said.
Deputies drove to the area and located the pickup and found Dangerfield a short distance away in the woods, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Sheriff's Office said.
Emergency Services Director John King sent an email late Saturday night to Dangerfield's co-workers about his death, Assistant Chief Brian Burkeen said.
Dangerfield, who worked at the agency for 27 years, made a post on his Facebook page Saturday about post-traumatic stress disorder, pertaining to firefighters.
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