Mount Pleasant, S.C. (WCBD): A retired firefighter is standing up and speaking out about mental illness stigmas.
Steve Gillespie’s career as a firefighter began in 1994. He served 21 years in the Bronx, one of the busiest boroughs of the FDNY before retiring in 2015 as Lieutenant on Engine 43.
He now works as a training officer for the City of North Charleston Fire Department. He is now sharing his story with Post-Trauamtic Stress Disorder.
The Lowcountry Firefighter Supprt Team says PTSD is a silent injury that is not discussed as openly as it should be. They explain that Gillespie offers his story to help others realize that there is no longer a stigma with being in pain. The Support Team says it is not a scientific study or research, but it is how Gillespie survived the job.
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