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February 16, 2021 42 min

In this episode of the Heromakers Podcast, Laurie and Ann talk with retired Oklahoma City firefighter Chris Fields. Best known around the world for his role in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, where he was featured in the iconic photo  carrying 1-year-old Baylee Almon, Chris served for 31 years before retiring to now be a mentor and guide for other first responders dealing with trauma.

In this conversation, we talk about what it takes to be a firefighter and the (sometimes silent) toll it can sometimes take on those serving. We also talk about Chris' journey with PTSD and depression, which led down a suicidal path where he hit rock bottom. There he discovered the strength to find help and hope. Chris candidly opens up about his own journey and today leads a weekly webinar called Trauma Behind the Badge with three other first responders who serve as guides for those who are silently suffering.

You can find Chris on IG @FF4OU. You can visit his website here: https://www.chrisfields.org. You can find Trauma Behind the Badge on IG @trauma_behind_the_badge and on Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/traumabehindthebadge.

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