PHOTOS: “Stress is the body’s reaction to harmful situations,” according to WebMd. “Stress can affect all aspects of your life, including your emotions, behaviors, thinking ability, and physical health. No part of the body is immune.”
Working in stressful and intense situations can take their toll on police officers, firefighters and paramedics. One mother is on a crusade to help first responders. Carol Castle, of Coon Rapids, lost her son Maurice Roemhild, 31, to suicide in 2017.
Her mission now is prevent as many first responders from taking the same path as her son. Castle’s son was a firefighter for both the Maple Grove and Brooklyn Center Fire Departments.
“I always say, my story starts when I realized that police and fire responders have double and triple the suicide rate,” she said. “It’s shocking.”
Just over 10 months ago, Castle created heavy-weight Life Coins about the size of a 50 cent piece through the Wrestling 4 Life campaign.