New Mexico first responders prepare to row across the Atlantic Ocean to raise mental health awareness

  • Source: KOB-TV NBC 4 Albuquerque
  • Published: 08/31/2022 12:00 AM

VIDEO: A team of three Farmington first responders are getting ready to compete in an international race, but this isn’t an ordinary race – it’s a trip across the Atlantic Ocean on a row boat. 45 teams will row from Africa to the Caribbean in December. The goal of the first responders is not to win, but rather to raise awareness for an important Four Corners cause. First responders and founders of Guardians Initiatives, are willing to go the extra mile to promote mental wellness for first responders. “On average, most first responders die by suicide each year than by the risks of the job you know all the training we do tactics wise, yet our mental wellness can be more of a risk to us,” Mark Pfetzer, SJCSO Captain and co-founder of Guardian Initiatives. To get the word out, Pfetzer came up with something that would make a big splash.


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