As a family member growing up around first responders this immediately caught my attention. My brother was a 30 year firefighter and ten year chief. His boys followed in his shoes. Watching the movie, and it's quickly apparent that we have let a huge travesty happen to these men and women... not only see what happened to the firefighters who were essentially punished for being in the club, but it's also a glaring reality check to see how our first responders have been epically failed in terms of having the proper support resources for all they go through in order to protect the rest of us. The movie shows a very honest, raw reality of the sad tragedies these people see fail, and the systemic lack of help for them. Enter the Florian Knights brotherhood, a healthy, safe place to cope, grieve and heal when there was no other opportunity to do so. And it was a healing that radiated to not only the firefighters, but their families and others who love them. Until for some, it didn't, because of narrow minds.
The FK members found a huge source of healing, understanding and support in one another. And for some, including it's founder to have that taken away because of "appearances" is tragic and sad. The FK Club is a huge source of healing and support for people in the trenches, FROM people in the trenches. Shame on the powers that be for dismantling that for some of these people who have so much.
This movie is an eye opening story of the enduring impact of every call first responders answer, and the continued failure of our system to recognize the ravaging effects of PTSD, and complete failure of our system to fix something severely broken. In the years after 9-11, when we as a nation and a world hailed these people as heroes, it's shocking to see how we have failed them. It's a story that will stay with you, resonate deeply, and make it increasingly obvious why it's a struggle to get more people to become first responders today. My hat is off to the creators of this movie for their honesty, vulnerability and willingness to call out a very broken system.
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When firefighters form a motorcycle club to cope with the effects of PTSD.
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January 08, 2023 at 07:49 PM