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

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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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