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East Baton Rouge EMS Fundraising for Emotional Support Dog

Members of the East Baton Rouge Paramedic Association hope to raise enough money to pay for an emotional support dog. (Photo/East Baton Rouge Parish Emergency Medical Services Facebook)

BATON ROUGE, La. – With all the stress involved with the job, East Baton Rouge EMS is looking for help from four-legged friends.

Shift leader Leah Constantino and members of the East Baton Rouge Paramedic Association, through a project called After the Call, are raising money to pay for an emotional support dog.

They are trying to raise money through GoFundMe to pay for its training, food and medical care, among other items.

“First Responders often bring this horrific emotional damage home and over the course of time can have profound effects on their mental and physical health as well as their personal relationships, according to the group’s GoFundMe page.

“Results can lead to failed marriages, destruction of families, alienation, leaving the profession and other long-term side effects, even suicide.”

The goal is to raise $5,000.