By Associated Press |
Posted: Sun 12:02 PM, Jan 20, 2019
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – A paramedic went on hundreds of emergency calls before the one response that ultimately ended his career at Lincoln Fire & Rescue.
The Lincoln Journal Star reports that a 3-year-old’s drowning in 2015 sent Rob Ravndal, the father of young children, into a spiral and an eventual diagnosis of a post-traumatic stress disorder.
He finally gained some sense of calm with the help of a service dog he acquired, Pride. Ravndal says, however, that it took city officials eight months to approve a six-week trial for having Pride join him at a city fire station.
After a year on light duty and still not cleared to go out on calls, Ravndal had to make a choice: retire on disability or be fired for exhausting his time on his modified assignment. He retired in September.
Ravndal says he still has bad days, but his dog “definitely makes it far easier to go and do things … and just stay focused.”