Lakewood (OH) Firefighters Create Support Program To Address First Responder Suicide

Two Lakewood firefighters have created the Fire Peer Support initiative to address firefighter suicides, reports

The Fire Peer Support Initiative asks first responders in need to anonymously leave a message with the support team at 833-LFD-PEER or email at

The initiative models similar programs in Illinois, North Carolina and Florida. 

Lakewood Fire Chief Scott K. Gilman said he supports the initiative considering the suicide rate among first responders is on the rise.


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