This episode we talk about what it takes to be a hero and the survivors’ guilt that comes with that decision. I started with a story of heroism from Steve Sparks of Sparks Firearms. He stopped to save two people in a rollover SUV crash. The third person in the vehicle was dead before he got there. How can you deal with that?
We all want to be that person that runs in, saves everyone, and has the movie style happy ending; only the real world doesn’t work like that. We have to live with the aftermath of not being able to save everyone every time. From experience it isn’t easy.
I don’t have a good way to help you deal with it either. There are only two things I could come up with to try:
Get your priorities straight before hand. Know who you are going to save first and learn some advanced first aid and what triage is.
Have a plan for how you are going to handle it. See yourself dealing with it in a positive manner. Don’t let your mind wonder to things like drinking or suicide. If you have that visualization and don’t replace it with something else, it’s probably what you will do if it happens.
If you want to know more about Survivors’ Guilt ask a Psychiatrist. This podcast is only about my personal experience and what I’ve learned from watching others deal with it.
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I’ve loved shooting since the first time I pulled a trigger at age 8. During high school I volunteered at my local PD where I learned more about handguns. I joined the Marine Corps Infantry after high school. I was a reserve for 10 years with 2 years of active duty and 1 tour in Iraq in 2003. I worked for an armored car company for almost 7 years mostly in the LA area of California. During all that I also got a degree in law enforcement and went through two different police academies. Being a cop never worked out, but through it all I’ve always been training people to fight. I spent all of 2008 in Iraq again as a private contractor defending a base. There I got to teach and train with the US Army and others. Now I want to bring that experience and my joy of teaching to others. I love teaching firearms and want the good people of the world to be able to defend themselves. It’s now my mission and purpose in life.