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Stress of job can pile on responders

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Stress causes firefighters to suffer an inordinate number of heart attacks and is, in fact, their number one leading cause of death – more than the fire itself, collapsing buildings or other job-related accidents, Ruston Fire Chief James Tornabene said.

First responders sent to New Orleans to aid in hurricane relief efforts were exposed to events likely to cause critical incident stress, prompting Tornabene and police officials to focus on the issue.

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