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Support hotline created in Bucks County for first responders

LANGHORNE, Pa. - First responders in Bucks County now have a place to turn for mental and emotional support.

The county's first peer support hotline has launched.

An effort to get the hotline up and running was spearheaded by Chief Frank Farry of the Langhorn-Middletown Fire District.

Farry said he was inspired to create it after two first responders took their own lives in 2015 and 2016.

"We as chiefs have to be aware of what's going on," Farry said.

Farry said the hotline as already received several calls.

"The fact that people have already needed to call it just highlights the need really does exist," he said.

The Bucks County First Responder Peer Support hotline is staffed 24/7 by trained volunteers who are or were first responders.

Farry said concerned friends and family members can also call as well.

Farry said peer support is important to first responders who usually like to talk to others who have experienced similar situations.

"When Georgie took his own life it sent shockwaves around the community," Jacqui Redner told 69 News.

Redner says her son, George Redner, took his own life in 2015.

She said stresses from his job wore on his mental health and contributed to this suicide.

Redner says she was happy to hear about the hotline and hopes it helps other people who are struggling.

POLICE CALL: 267-893-5200



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