JEMS Editor-in-Chief Shares Special Note to Readers

Colorado shooting stirs up painful memories for EMS providers


 
 

A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P | | Friday, July 20, 2012


Our personal and professional thoughts go out to all the responders to the mass shooting in Aurora. An incident of this nature, involving the shooting of more than 70 innocent, unsuspecting adult, adolescent and infant victims, has lasting emotional effects on all responders. So we ask you to keep us in your thoughts throughout the days and weeks ahead.

But we also ask you to keep many other Colorado emergency responders in your thoughts because many have been involved in similar incidents in their communities, and an incident like this brings back horrible memories for them too, even if they did not respond to, or were not involved in, the Aurora incident in any manner.

The April 20, 1999 mass shooting at Columbine High school, near Aurora, where Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris killed 12 student and themselves, and injured 21 others (1), along with the cluster of killings thoughout the Colorado Springs area from 2005-2008, when 14 soldiers killed 11 and wounded several others after what was described by an investigative report (2) as exacerbated by combat stress during the war (3), are just two examples of incidents in Colorado that have left emotional scars on emergency responders.

When an incident like the Aurora movie theater shooting occurs, unhealed emotions resurface in other responders. So their friends, coworkers and family members need to understand that and give them support and comfort.




Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: News, Major Incidents, MCI Special Topics, Columbine, Colorado shooting, A.J. Heightman

Author Thumb

A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P

JEMS Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P, has a background as an EMS director and EMS operations director. He specializes in MCI management.

BROWSE FULL BIO & ARTICLES >

What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Buyer's Guide Featured Companies

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

Mechanical CPR is Producing Resuscitation Results Beyond Expectations

Discover why clinical studies are finding mechanical CPR just as effective as optimally-performed CPR.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

New York First Responders Take Extraordinary Steps to Help Residents

Snow causes fire and EMS crews to go beyond call of duty.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Raw Video: Explosion and Fire at California Business

Over a dozen hurt in Santa Paula blaze.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Four Workers Killed at Texas Chemical Plant

Five employees exposed to methyl mercaptan in La Porte.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Worker Killed in North Carolina Bridge Collapse

A fatal construction site collapse occurred in Wake County.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Plane Crashes into Chicago Home

Pilot reported engine trouble after takeoff.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Switzerland Landslide Kills Two, Injures Four

Slide hits residential building near Lugano.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

World Trade Center Rescue

Technical rescue work is done at nation’s tallest skyscraper.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

The AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher Conversion Kit - EMS Today 2013

AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher all-hazards preparedness & response tool
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

VividTrac offered by Vivid Medical - EMS Today 2013

VividTrac, affordable high performance video intubation device.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Braun Ambulances' EZ Door Forward

Helps to create a safer ambulance module.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Field Bridge Xpress ePCR on iPad, Android, Kindle Fire

Sneak peek of customizable run forms & more.
Watch It >


More Product Videos >