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Pay it Forward: Motorcycle ride raises money for PTSD treatment for first responders

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Pay it Forward: Motorcycle ride raises money for PTSD treatment for first responders (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) Rich Carver is an EMT and firefighter for the Murray Fire Department.

When a call comes in, he never knows what he might face, or how that call could affect someone later.

"There's a wide range of trauma that we see," Carver said.

Carver knows a lot about post traumatic stress disorder, and some of the dark places it can lead a person.

"I lost my son to suicide," he said.

Many firefighters and other first responders don't talk about the perils they experience, or the fears that come with the job.

"They think it shows weakness--which it doesn't," Carver said.

Carver wants to change that.

For the second year in a row, Carver, his supporters, and the firefighting community have raised money with a motorcyle ride and auction.

"We're trying to raise money for fire, police, and EMS for PTSD, depression, and suicide prevention," Carver said.

The money goes toward treatment and counseling.

"There are so many police officers, firefighters, and EMS that we've lost to suicide," Carver said.

Mountain America Credit Union gave Carver $500 to help his cause.

If you want to learn more about the cause, you can visit this Facebook group.

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