Henderson firefighter suffered from job-related PTSD
HENDERSON, Nevada – A memorial service this week will remember the life and service of a Henderson firefighter who took his own life after suffering from PTSD in September.
Officials tell KTNV that Henderson Firefighter/Paramedic Robbie James Pettingill died on September 17 after suffering from job-related post-traumatic stress disorder. The memorial service will take place on October 4.
Pettingill, 35, was hired on August 14, 2006 and was a second-generation firefighter. His father, Scott Pettingill, retired from the Henderson Fire Department in 2012 with 22 years of service.
Henderson Fire Chief Shawn White told KTNV that Pettingill was an exceptional firefighter who loved the job and was well-liked by his colleagues. White also said that firefighters face unique challenges from repeated exposure to traumatic and stressful events.
On Friday a motorcade of Henderson fire and police personnel will escort Pettingill’s remains from the Henderson Fire Training Center, past Fire Station 97 where he was assigned, to Central Christian Church.
A celebration of life service will be held at the church and will be open for all who wish to attend.
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