First responders in Ohio are unable to file for workers’ compensation unless they were physically injured. This, for some, has proven to be unfair in the big scheme of things. First responders can experience a level of heart wrenching stress many of us will never relate to. Katherin Hardin stood before lawmakers, in her hand was a photo of her 28-year-old son, Trever Murphy, a former firefighter with Orange Township Fire Department in Delaware.
She told lawmakers he hung himself, a victim of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Hardin said her son suffered from the same on the job mental stresses.
“My son Trever was the last line of duty suicide in a central fire department,” she said.
“A little girl died in my son’s arms and he struggled very bad with that. His last call was for a man trapped in a car with gasoline pouring on both of them. When he was able to release the gentleman from the seat belt he fell dead in his arms and that devastated my son, it completely broke him,” she told members of the House Finance Committee.