First responders can be haunted by close encounters with suffering and death
“I thought I was bulletproof. I thought nothing ever bothered me.”
Captain Rick Stack, a long-time North Attleboro firefighter, has been diagnosed with PTSD.
But beneath the aura of command he cultivated, invisible damage was webbing slowly outward. Stack didn’t know it yet, but the job was taking a toll — week after week, month after month, year after year. In time, his own suffering would break through the surface.