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PTSD in First Responders

June 6 @ 6:30 am - 8:30 pm

free

One week before marking two years since the Pulse tragedy, 90.7 WMFEProPublica and the Orange County Library System (FL) are hosting an event on June 6 at the Melrose Center (second floor of the Orlando Public Library) to illuminate how PTSD affects first responders and their families.

The event is free, but space is limited. Please RSVP at www.wmfe.org/ptsd

Join us for an immersive audio-visual experience based on 90.7 WMFE health reporter Abe Aboraya’s stories on those impacted, followed by a conversation with them and public officials on how to better address this urgent, but little-discussed, issue. Also during the event, first responders are invited to share their stories with WMFE’s reporting team to help fuel their future stories on the topic. Light refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday, June 6
6 – 7 PM: Audio-visual presentation & refreshments
7 – 8:30 PM: Discussion followed by Q&A

Panelists include:
– Josh Granada, former engineer and firefighter who responded to the Pulse nightclub shooting
– Omar Delgado, former Eatonville Police Officer who responded to the Pulse nightclub shooting
– Jessica Realin, whose husband, Gerry Realin, was on the hazmat team cleaning up after the Pulse nightclub shooting
– Nancy Rosado, former police officer and a former New York City police sergeant during the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack. She now works as a mental health counselor and specializes in treating first responders with PTSD.
– Florida Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith
– Florida Senator Victor Torres
– Michael Saxe, head of Fraternal Order of Police – Lodge 145
– Geoffrey Bichler, workers’ compensation attorney in Orlando specializing in representing first responders

The event is free, but space is limited. Please RSVP at www.wmfe.org/ptsd

TELL YOUR STORY: WMFE and ProPublica will be collecting stories of first responders and their families for the project in the video production studio at the Melrose Center during this event. If you and a friend or family member would like to talk about your experience with PTSD, please make an appointment here: https://calendly.com/wmfe/storytelling-session/06-06-2018?back=1