An announcement of a new effort to help Alaska's first responders who may be struggling from trauma they see on the job, is generating recognition from both the Anchorage police and fire departments.
"This will definitely save lives. But it not only saves the life itself but also the quality of life so that our people are not suffering for the rest of their lives before they pass away. So thank you very much," said Anchorage Fire Chief Jodi Hettrick on Tuesday.
"We very much appreciate that opportunity to having that kind of service here in our hometown," said Anchorage Police Chief Justin Doll.
The Chris Kyle Patriots Hospital opened in 2015 in Anchorage. So far, it has treated around 500 service members and veterans with issues such as addiction and PTSD. On Tuesday, the facility announced it's opening up the facility to others.
"It is with great honor today that we will be extending our services to first responders," said Elke Villegas, Chris Kyle Patriots Hospital administrator.