Newtown, Conn., first responders won't shake memories quickly

12/18/2012 | Boston Herald

Emergency responders on the scene at the Newtown, Conn., school shooting will use various coping strategies to deal with the tragedy, but the images are likely to remain with them for a long time, experts say. "Kid calls are the most difficult ones to handle because they strip away responders’ usual coping strategies," said Joel Fay, a psychologist who works with public safety professionals. Typical coping strategies are likely to be ineffective, and some might blame themselves for not arriving more quickly, Fay said.

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