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After the Call: First Responders Explain How They Deal with Experiencing Trauma on the Job

Friday, February 10, 2017  
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By Debby Knox

Posted on CBS Channel 4 (


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.-- On Feb. 5, 1992, fire engulfed the third floor of the Athletic Club. Battalion chief Doug Abernathy fought that fire.

“My air alarm was going off,” Abernathy recalled. “I got another tank on my back on the Meridian Street entrance and from that entrance I could hear screaming.”

Abernathy lost two fellow firefighters that night: John Loranzano and Woody Gelenius. The trauma of both fighting that fire and losing two friends lived on for years in Abernathy’s mind.



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