USA Today on Tuesday explores the relationship between heroism and suicide by featuring six cases in which rescuers later took their own lives.
One example is the self-inflicted shooting death last fall of a Queens firefighter whose firehouse lost 19 men on Sept. 11, 2001.
The paper reports that case “illustrates a disturbing trend that has emerged after tragedies such as last year’s Pennsylvania coal mine disaster, the Oklahoma City bombing and Sept. 11. Some of those intimately involved in storied rescue efforts – men and women lauded as heroes – have committed suicide. Experts, citing causes from post-traumatic stress to the destructive power of sudden fame, worry more such deaths will follow.”