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Red Tail Firefighters get Suicide Awareness Patch

  • Published
  • By Tech. Sgt. Jim Bentley
  • 332d Fire and Emergency Services

No one fights alone.


332d Fire and Emergency Services were the first deployed unit to be completely outfitted with the Department of Defense Fire and Emergency Services Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Initiative’s Suicide Awareness patch. In total 45 firefighters received a patch, and they also sold them to members of other units.


This patch was created to promote solidarity among service members and veterans, and help raise awareness of the many services the DoD provides to those at risk of suicide. It is also intended to empower service members to recognize suicide indicators and offer a helping hand before it’s too late. The effort was also supported by Next Rung, a peer support organization that provides assistance for depression and other issues for firefighters and other first responders.


If you or a loved one has PTSD or thoughts of suicide, visit for 24/7 access to information and support.