8 Ky. fire, EMS crews unite for suicide prevention

The agencies gathered outside a local mall for mental health awareness and to show support for fellow first responders struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic

By Laura French

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ky. — Several Kentucky fire and EMS crews gathered Saturday to bring awareness to mental health issues in the first responder community and show support for colleagues struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The eight agencies from Jefferson County banded together for the suicide prevention effort outside a local mall to show that "every service in Jefferson County is on standby to listen," Okolona Fire Protection District Paramedic Angie Estes told WHAS11

Responders from the eight agencies stood together and added patches one-by-one to a board reading "One Team," representing the partnership between the crews in supporting those in need of emotional support. 

Research has found that EMS providers are 10 times more likely to attempt suicide and 1.39 times more likely to die from suicide than the general population. 

See video from the "One Team" project below: 

One Team

In the words of Governor Andy Beshear “We will get through this, we will get through this together” We are thankful for the support of our partners at the Jefferson County Fire & EMS departments and Norton Healthcare EMS during this time #Oneteam #togetherky #teamky #firstresponderstrong Disclaimer: We do not own the rights to this song.

Posted by Louisville Metro Emergency Services on Friday, May 1, 2020

We are in this together. Our thoughts and prayers are with our colleagues at Louisville Metro EMS. ONE TEAM.

Posted by Jefferson County Fire Service on Saturday, May 2, 2020


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