For Sandy Hook's First Responders, Trauma Lingers With Painful Reminders

NPR | Dec. 19, 2012 5:33 p.m. | Updated: Dec. 20, 2012 1:49 p.m.

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David Schaper

First responders are trained to rescue, help and save. In Newtown, Conn., many of the police officers, firefighters and EMTs who responded to Sandy Hook Elementary School after last week’s shootings are struggling to cope with the fact that there was little they could — no one to save. Counselors have been meeting with Sandy Hook’s first responders since Friday. Experts say the trauma of an event can stay with first responders long after funerals conclude and TV lights and cameras go home.


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