Fire dept. grieving after Ga. firefighter dies by suicide
"Suicide is a tragic reality among our men and women of public safety and military service," the department wrote on Facebook
By FireRescue1 Staff
FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. — A fire department is mourning the loss of a firefighter who died by suicide.
On Facebook, Fayette County Department of Fire and Emergency Services posted that Lt. Ed Sherwood "took his own life this weekend."
"Suicide is a tragic reality among our men and women of public safety and military service," the department wrote on Facebook.
The department's post has received over 1,000 comments, with many expressing their condolences.
"How absolutely heartbreaking! I hope there are resources for our first responders," Facebook commenter Sierra Pyron wrote. "They carry such a heavy load. The suicide rate of first responders is terrible. Thank you for speaking his truth and lifting the stigma. Talking about it is a great step in preventing another."
It is with a grieving heart that we announce the passing of Lieutenant Ed Sherwood. Lieutenant Sherwood took his own...Posted by Fayette County Department of Fire and Emergency Services on Tuesday, October 22, 2019