Some weeks are harder than others. Sometimes our members are called on to serve their communities in ways that are unfathomably hard.
This was one of those weeks.
The families of those lost and those who were injured from the Humboldt Broncos have been in our prayers and on our minds since the first newscasts.
Last Friday night and in the days following, many of our brothers and sisters in Saskatchewan were called to the tragic accident scene near Humboldt, or to liaise with families and other community members experiencing horrific loss. While this is part of our job and the duties we all signed-up for, this particular loss of 16 lives and injuries to 13 others is horrendous even for the most experienced among us.
Earlier that same day, we also lost one of our own, when a 30-year old member lost his life in an off-duty snowmobile accident near Kugluktuk, Nunavut. Our thoughts and prayers are also with his loved ones and colleagues as we share in mourning his loss.
This is a time when we all need to look out for each other and our communities. This situation, and many others we face as First Responders, is not “routine” and calls for professional mental health support now and over time to ensure our members and others recover and are able to move forward healthfully.
Now, as always, please encourage those around you to seek the available professional supports. We owe it to those we care about to take care of ourselves.