ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, can be common among our soldiers, but the disability also affects emergency responders, who like our military, often times witness horrific incidents.
Those traumatic situations cause emergency responders to commit suicide every three and half days. To help spread PTSD awareness for them, the first annual "Heroes Saving Heroes" motorcycle ride took place. The EMS Roaddocs hosted the event in memory of former Rockford Deputy Chief, Greg Lindmark, who took his own life in February of this year. Roughly 80 riders started at Kegal Harley Davidson on Harrison Avenue, making their way down to Oregon, before heading back to Rockford.
“Most traumatic things that they come upon, you know, they bottle up and they go onto the next call and nobody is really there to talk to them. So, what we're doing in collaboration with the Greg Lindmark Foundation is to raise awareness and educate the public; educate our first responders, their peers,” says Theresa James.
Stillman Valley emergency responders, who were first on scene at the accident which took the lives of Emily Fleming and Andy Conderman, were also at today's event.