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August 17, 2019
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First Responders Suffer Too
Updated On: Aug 28, 2018
The stigma associated with suicide makes it one of those events that is not talked about in the first responder communities.  The IAFF has worked diligently, along with locals from all across the US and Canada to help prevent these tragedies and to provide resources and counseling to assist those coping with the suicide of a member.  Recent studies have shown that MORE first responders die due to suicide, than in the line of duty.  In 2017, 103 firefighters and 140 police officers took their own lives.  Here in Denton County, we have partnered with our local law enforcement agencies to help bring awareness to suicide in hopes of preventing this type of tragedy from ever happening to another brother or sister.

The Denton Fire Fighters Association, in cooperation with the Denton Police Officer's Association, the Denton Police Deparment, and the Denton Fire Department, is hosting a First Responders Suffer Too benefit on Sunday, September 16th from 2:00-7:00pm at the North Texas Fairgrounds in Denton, TX.  This event is designed to bring awareness to suicide in first responders, with the proceeds going to Denton County Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS) TEAM, which provides local support to suicide survivors.  There will be concessions stands, vendor booths, activities for kids, and LIVE music, promoted by TX Red Hot Radio.

Additionally, the sixth annual LOSS Team Race for Hope is being held on Saturday, Setemeber 15th, at South Lakes Park.  Jason Ballard of the Denton Fire Fighters Association and Bryan Cose of the Denton Police Officers Association will be on hand to serve as Honorary Chairmen for this event.

In order to help make this benefit a success, we are reaching out to all of our brothers and sisters.  Attached you will find a flyers and information for your consideration.  Please make plans to come out and support this amazing event.

Jason Ballard
Denton Fire Fighters Association
IAFF Local 1291

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