Podcast 114 Heroes and Survivors

By on January 22, 2015

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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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