A man with a cable wrapped around his neck quickly accelerated his sports utility vehicle, decapitating himself in front of Yorktown (VA) firefighters and deputies. The cable had been attached to a tree, according to a report from the Associated Press.
The Chicago man had been reportedly involved in a domestic dispute and allegedly started a fire in a utility trailer. Authorities responded to the disturbance, after which the man evidently killed himself.
The grisly incident underscores the horrific variety of emergency scenes responders and firefighters may encounter on the job, some of which can lead to psychological trauma. For more info, consider Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: One Firefighter’s Story, Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance: It Is OK To Ask For Help, and When to Seek Therapy: Training for Responders