4 Phoenix firefighters commit suicide in 7 months: Fire chief says changes coming

PHOENIX – They are heroes. They save lives.

According to a recent story written by Lori Jane Gilha in ABC15.com, the 1,600 sworn members of the Phoenix Fire Department risk their own lives to battle fire, offer medical assistance, pull accident victims from vehicles and administer CPR to drowning victims

While they handled close to 150,000 calls for help from the public in 2009, nothing could have prepared the Phoenix Fire Department for the internal tragedy happening within their ranks. Four firemen have killed themselves in a span of seven months.

“It leaves the organization a little upside down, a little bewildered,” said Bob Khan, the Phoenix Fire Chief. “A lot of people (are) feeling guilty or asking questions,” he said.

Shaun Johnson was the first firefighter to take his own life.


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