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Firefighter who served nearly 3 decades commits suicide following PTSD post on Facebook


Firefighters in Indian River County, Florida are mourning the death of one of their own.

The body of IRC Fire Rescue Battalion Chief David Dangerfield was found in a wooded area off SR 60 Saturday morning, officials said.

He apparently drove his pickup truck out to an area midway between I-95 and Yeehaw Junction, and called 911 to tell dispatchers where he could be found. IRC deputies reportedly discovered him with a gunshot wound to the head.

Earlier that same day, Dangerfield posted on Facebook saying PTSD for firefighters is real. Dangerfield served as a firefighter nearly three decades and wrote in his Facebook message: “27 years of deaths and babies dying in your hands is a memory that you will never get rid of.”

Dangerfield was an active member of his community. He served as a field training officer for the dive rescue team and as a fire instructor at the local state college’s Fire Academy, TC Palm reports.

His foreboding post ended with: “My love to my crews. Be safe, take care. I love you all.”

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