A PGW worker is killed by an explosion in 2016 and his coworkers are still dealing with the emotional toll more than two years later.
A longtime school nurse calls it quits when the school police officer who broke up fights between students has a heart attack and dies.
A parole officer tries to deal with the personal emotional toll when one of his parolees commits a rape and a murder.
These are a few of the tales of secondary traumatic stress — the stress that results from indirect exposure to firsthand accounts of a traumatic events and is severe enough to hinder a sufferer’s personal and professional performance. Because they deal daily with those in crisis, many city workers, including firefighters, paramedics, correctional officers, social workers, mental health workers and teachers, pay a high personal cost to their emotional and mental wellbeing.