cloudy-day Created with Sketch.
Broken Clouds
H 81° L 60°
  • cloudy-day Created with Sketch.
    Current Conditions
    Chance of T-storms. H 83° L 58°
  • partly-cloudy-tstorms-day Created with Sketch.
    Chance of T-storms. H 83° L 58°
  • partly-cloudy-tstorms-day Created with Sketch.
    Partly Cloudy T-storms. H 74° L 51°

Wsb news on-demand

00:00 | 00:00


Wsb traffic on-demand

00:00 | 00:00


Wsb weather on-demand

00:00 | 00:00

Veteran firefighter kills self hours after posting PTSD status on Facebook

A veteran firefighter in Florida died by his own hand on Saturday, the same day he posted a Facebook status talking about firefighters and PTSD.

David Dangerfield died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a wooded area of Indian River County, where he had served as a firefighter for nearly three decades.

Dangerfield, a battalion chief with the Indian River County Fire Rescue, posted the ominous status on his Facebook page just after 8 p.m. Saturday. TCPalm.com reported that Indian County deputies responded about two and a half hours later to a 911 call from Dangerfield, in which he told dispatchers where emergency responders would be able to find his body.

“PTSD for firefighters is real,” Dangerfield wrote in the status. “If your love(d) one is experiencing signs get them help quickly. (Twenty-seven) years of deaths and babies dying in your hands is a memory that you will never get rid off (sic). It haunted me daily until now. My love to my crews. Be safe, take care. I love you all.”

>> Read more trending stories

PTSD for Firefighters is real. If your love one is experiencing signs get them help quickly. 27 years of deaths and...

Posted by David Dangerfield on Saturday, October 15, 2016

The initial reaction to his post was one of concern from friends.

“Dave, please don’t do anything crazy, call and talk to someone,” one woman wrote. “Call me if you want. Please.”

Another wrote, “We have a great family of support; reach out and someone will always be there to catch you,” followed by a heart emoji.

The comments continued for hours as friends talked back and forth, asking if anyone had been able to reach Dangerfield. One man said that Dangerfield’s voicemail had filled up and he was not responding to texts.

After people started becoming aware that he had been found dead, the messages of concern turned to grief-stricken thoughts on a long career helping people.

“I am so heartbroken,” one woman wrote. “Dave you were a wonderful guy who taught so many how to be the best fireman they could be, including my dad and my husband. Thank you for your service and now praying that you have found peace. I pray (for) peace for your family in the days and months to come.”

To all of our brothers within Indian River and the Treasure Coast our thoughts are with you as well as Chief Dangerfield...

Posted by Osceola FD Benevolent on Monday, October 17, 2016

Dangerfield’s father told WPTV in West Palm Beach that his son had been diagnosed with PTSD.  

“He was seeing a doctor, for a year and a half, about three days a week,” Bruce Dangerfield said. “Nobody knew how bad he was suffering.”

The International Association of Firefighters reported in August that about 20 percent of firefighters and paramedics suffer from PTSD. The rate is similar to that found in those who have faced combat situations.

The IAFF report goes further to state that a 2015 study by Florida State University found that nearly half of those firefighters surveyed admitted to thinking about suicide. About 19 percent said they made plans to kill themselves, and almost 16 percent said they had attempted suicide in the past.

Those with PTSD are six times more likely to attempt suicide, the study found.

Dangerfield was named the Treasure Coast Fire Chiefs’ Association’s Emergency Service Provider of the Year in 2013, TCPalm.com reported. He served as a field training officer for his department’s dive rescue team, as well as a fire instructor at Indian River State College’s Fire Academy.

He was also active in charitable work, including providing Thanksgiving meals to the needy through the Big Heart Brigade. Dangerfield was also founder of an annual charity firefighters’ chili and salsa cookoff in his community.

Read More

There are no comments yet. Be the first to post your thoughts. or Register.


  • Channel 2 Action News has learned former state Sen. Steen Miles has died. Miles, the daughter of a pastor, came to Atlanta in 1984 as a journalist. In 2001, Miles was hired as chief media relations officer for MARTA, and served as the transit system's spokeswoman. In 2003, she hosted the talk show 'Faith in the City Forum,' a discussion of current events and public policy from diverse faith perspectives. In 2005, Miles threw her hat into the political ring and was elected as state senator for Georgia's 43 rd District. 'While in the Senate, she wrote and/or co-sponsored 71 pieces of legislation and resolutions. Miles ran for lieutenant governor of Georgia in 2006, and in 2008, became a contributing columnist to The Champion Newspaper. She was a candidate in the 2014 elections for U.S. Senate,' according to her biography on The History Makers website . Miles lived in Decatur and is survived by two daughters, Kellie and Heather, as well as two grandchildren, William and Kellea. Information for this article from The History Makers.
  • A principal at a Christian school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is facing child porn charges. Jeff Goss is the principal at the Christian Education Alliance in west Tulsa. Goss was arrested Tuesday morning by federal officials after they reportedly caught Goss using an online application to view child pornography. >> Watch the news report here Authorities said the application lets people enter chat rooms and share videos, pictures and more. Agents from Phoenix said Goss showed his face in the chat room, and they were able to track his IP address. Goss reportedly confessed to using the app at least five times. >> Read more trending news Agents said he preferred children ages 10 to 12 and did not care if they were girls or boys. Goss allegedly told officers that he primarily teaches children ages 12 and 13. School officials said they did not find out about the allegations against Goss until FOX23.com called them. They said he did not show up to work Wednesday. The station confirmed that he is in the Tulsa County Jail. The school's website says that it has served home-school families for more than 20 years.
  • President Donald Trump is vowing to step up efforts to combat the nation's opioid addiction crisis, and he's tapped New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to lead the fight. Trump convened an emotional roundtable Wednesday with Christie, members of his Cabinet, law enforcement chiefs, recovering addicts and advocates. It was the first public event tied to the launch of a new addiction commission that Christie, a longtime Trump friend and formal rival, will chair. Trump listened intently as Vanessa Vitolo and AJ Solomon, two recovering addicts from New Jersey, described their harrowing battles with substance abuse. Both became hooked on prescription pain killers, and quickly transitioned to heroin. Trump also heard from a mother whose son died from an overdose after a long battle with addition. Her son, Trump told the mother, hadn't died in vain. 'We want to help those who have become so badly addicted. Drug abuse has become a crippling problem throughout the United States,' said Trump, citing statistics that show drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the country. 'This is a total epidemic and I think it's probably, almost un-talked about compared to the severity that we're witnessing.' Christie, a longtime friend of the president, headed Trump's presidential transition before he was unceremoniously replaced by incoming Vice President Mike Pence in the days after the election due to disagreements over its direction. While the governor has long maintained that he plans to complete his last year in office before moving to the private sector, speculation remains that he is eyeing a top job in the administration, and people close to him have said he is open to potentially joining it one day. Christie told The Associated Press earlier Wednesday that while he has 'no interest in having a permanent role' in the Trump administration at this time, he was happy to spearhead the anti-drug effort at Trump's request. 'He asked me to help with this and I'm going to,' Christie said. 'It's an issue that I care about a lot in New Jersey and for the country and so the president asked me to do this and I was happy to.' Christie has made the issue of addiction a centerpiece of his administration and spoke extensively about it during his own presidential bid. He has dedicated his final year in office to addressing the drug crisis. Last month, he signed legislation that limits first-time opioid prescriptions to five days' worth of drugs and requires state-regulated health insurers to cover at least six months of substance abuse treatment. 'This issue causes enormous pain and destruction to everyday families in every state in this country,' said Christie, who has been working behind the scenes with White House officials since shortly after Trump's inauguration. Trump promised during his campaign to stop drugs from 'pouring' into the country, and said the new group would work with local officials, law enforcement, medical professionals and addicts to improve treatment options, prevent people from getting hooked in the first place and stop the flow of drugs across the border. He signed an executive order formally establishing the commission later Thursday. 'Drug cartels have spread their deadly industry across our nation, and the availability of cheap narcotics — some of it comes in cheaper than candy — has devastated our communities,' he said. But critics say that Trump's actions as president so far undermine his rhetoric. The failed GOP 'Obamacare' replacement bill that Trump pushed to pass sought to end the Medicaid expansion, which provides substance abuse and mental health treatment. It also would have stripped requirements that insurance plans provide the services as 'essential' benefits. 'There is a massive gulf between President Trump's promises to tackle this crisis and the policies this administration has proposed during his first two months in office,' said New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, who also called on the commission to reevaluate other budget cuts the administration has proposed. The commission was rolled out as part of a new office led by Trump's son-in-law and top adviser Jared Kushner, whose father Christie prosecuted in his former role as U.S. attorney. Christie, who had lunch with Kushner Tuesday, downplayed reports of tensions between the two, calling it 'ancient history.' Christie's history with drug policy dates to his first elected position in county government more than 20 years ago. The issue became personal more than a decade later, when one of Christie's best friends from law school developed an addiction to prescription drugs and died of an overdose in a New Jersey motel. The focus also gives Christie a chance to try to move past negative headlines that have helped fuel his unpopularity in New Jersey. As Christie was appearing at the White House, two former aides were sentenced for their roles in the 2013 George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal. Bill Baroni was sentenced to two years in prison, while co-defendant Bridget Kelly was sentenced to 18 months after they were convicted last November on counts including wire fraud, conspiracy and misusing the bridge for improper purposes. The scandal derailed Christie's presidential aspirations and may have cost him a chance to be then-GOP nominee Trump's running mate — a role Christie openly courted. Several of Christie's former aides now work in the Trump administration. __ Associated press writers Vivian Salama in Washington and Josh Cornfield in Trenton, New Jersey, contributed to this report.
  • Emory University paid an undisclosed amount of money to someone it thought was the booking company for the rap group Migos. The school wanted the group to perform for its 'Dooley's Week' celebration. The person it paid turned out to be a con artist who was only pretending to work for Migos. The university said in a statement: 'Emory University negotiated with and paid an entity which fraudulently claimed to represent a major entertainment act to appear on Emory's campus.' 'Overall, I think people are pretty disappointed. People were looking forward to it,' student Philipp Humann said. Emory filed a police report and is now scrambling to find someone to perform at the concert. 'I think it's kind of irresponsible that they didn't do enough research into this third-party organization,' Humann said. In a letter to students, Emory's Student Programming Council, which helped organize the concert, said in part: 'We regret to inform you that Migos will no longer be performing this Dooley's Weeks. It sucks. We're disappointed. We are students and were just as excited as you were.... 'We are working day and night to find the best possible artist for Dooley's Week and plan to reach out to the Emory Community as soon as we are able to.' Channel 2's Justin Wilfon repeatedly asked the school how much it paid, but school officials have not responded. He did learn that is was just a deposit and not the full amount. '(It's) something that happens to a lot of people, honestly. But, I think it's interesting that it happened to a larger institution like Emory,' student Cassie Hendrix said. Emory said it is now reviewing procedures to make sure this doesn't happen again.