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Peer support helps Calif. responders

By Liz Neely
The San Diego Union-Tribune

SAN DIEGO, Calif. Police and firefighters are trained to deal with tragedy, but sometimes the stress of the job or the horror of a particular crime can wear them down, no matter how time-hardened they are.

That's when peer support used by law enforcement agencies from Carlsbad to Chula Vista is most needed. The concept was born some 30 years ago to help public safety workers cope with the more gruesome aspects of the job.

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