When the Backpack Is Too Full
Published on August 10, 2020
Ben has seventeen years of experience in the fire service. He's been a Firefighter/AEMT/Instructor with the Bowling Green Fire Division for the past 11 years. Ben has been married to his wonderful wife for the past 16 years. They have 4 children ranging from 5 to 15 years of age. Ben has been driven to become a part of peer support due to life experiences. From the loss of loved ones at a young age, to substance abuse he witnessed in family and friends, as well as some of his coworkers in the fire service. The final push for Ben, was in 2017 when he lost a beloved fellow firefighter to suicide. This left him feeling that he could have helped had he known his brother was suffering.