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Orange County, Fla., Starts Program to Aid First Responders Struggling with Traumatic Pulse Nightclub Memories

“Forty-nine innocent people killed at one time,” said Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, who responded to Pulse as the county sheriff on June 12, 2016. “That’s something akin to what you might see on a battlefield in war.”

The mass shooting at the LGBTQ club traumatized not only Pulse patrons but also Orlando-area police, firefighters and paramedics summoned to the crime scene and others whose duties brought them face-to-face with the aftermath.

It still haunts some emergency-room doctors and nurses — and employees of the Medical Examiner’s Office who had to collect bodies from the grim scene, said Donna Wyche, manager of Orange County’s division of Mental Health and Homeless Issues.

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http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Orange-County-Fla-Starts-Program-to-aid-First-Responders-Struggling-with-Traumatic-Pulse-Nightclub-Memories.html