INDIANA, (www.incnow.tv) --- Keeping your head when all about you are losing theirs.
It’s the thrust of a famous line from a Rudyard Kipling poem, but it also seems to sum up the sometimes daunting task facing first responders.
In the wake of this week’s Texas fertilizer plant explosion and Boston Marathon bombings, we sat down with a local police official who knows the emotional turmoil crime and disaster investigations can present.
Officer Dave Gladieux had a rude awakening early in his career.
Gladieux is now the second in command in the Allen County Sheriff's Department, but he's truly a product of some extraordinary and painful experiences from his time in the field.
When others scurried for cover following the marathon massacre, firefighters, paramedics and police officers hustled to help victims.
Gladieux was a young Allen County Sheriff’s officer back in 1992, when he answered the call to check out a shooting in Aboite Township.
When he got there, a woman screaming hysterically alerted him to an unspeakable double murder-suicide in her home, committed by her husband.
" He's dead and my kids are on the couch and their heads are gone, and it was exactly that, and I wasn't expecting that. I just lost it completely. It got to a point I was overwhelmed, I just sat in my car and I just could not get my brain to tell me what I needed to do next," said Gladieux, who is now Allen County’s Chief Deputy.
Gladieux says he sought treatment following that incident for the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
He expects the first responders at the Texas plant explosion and the Boston attack will require that same kind of treatment.
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