Kansas first responders with PTSD ‘suffered in silence'; Workers' comp doesn’t cover it

  • Source: The Wichita Eagle
  • Published: 03/16/2021 12:00 AM

When Kent Vosburg visited a counselor after finding himself in “a bad way” a decade ago, it was the counselor who left the room crying. “The person that’s supposed to come help me can’t do it,” Vosburg said. In his career as a paramedic, Vosburg has witnessed several horrifying scenes. There was the woman who passed out on top of her infant daughter, smothering her for hours. Another time his ambulance arrived to a car fire minutes before a fire truck. Without fire gear, the crew couldn’t do anything as the people in the vehicle burned. A man once shot himself in front of Vosburg. “When the general public needs help, they call 911. But when 911 needs help, what do they do?” said Vosburg, training chief at the Junction City Fire Department.


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