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Congressman Trone hosts roundtable with First Responders

November 6th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

Today, Representative David Trone (MD-06) hosted a roundtable in Rockville, Maryland to discuss policies to protect law enforcement, fire, emergency medical, and 911 dispatch professionals.


The roundtable came in the wake of the death of Montgomery County Police Officer Thomas “T.J.” Bomba, who died by suicide in October. The roundtable included a number of experts closely familiar with the mental health services available to first responders.


“First responders go to work every day to protect our families and communities, and they deserve the best mental health support and resources that we can provide,” said Rep. Trone. “Today we heard firsthand from federal, state, and county professionals about how to end the mental health and suicide crisis among first responders. We have a lot of work to do to end the stigma of mental health and ensure our public safety professionals receive top notch care.”


At the roundtable, Trone heard from first responders, medical professionals, and community leaders about policy ideas that could be implemented to better support the mental health of first responders. Trone also shared his support for a First Responder Crisis Hotline, similar to the Veterans Crisis Hotline.


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