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Deonna Weatherly


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Battalion Chief Roger Kerr checks his email at his desk at the Bloomington Fire Department Headquarters. Kerr said many firefighters have a hard time asking for help. "I'm supposed to be the one you call," he said. 

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Firefighter Dan Emerick discusses past emergencies he's responded to in both fire and ambulance services. Emerick said some calls are hard to forget and can result in feelings of déjà vu on certain runs. "It's not something I revisit," he said. "It revisits me."

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Sgt. Brandon Hudson sits in a recliner chair in the station TV room. Hudson has worked at headquarters for 16 years. Hudson said he enjoys the camaraderie of the profession and makes a point to check in with his fellow crew members. "We see death all the time," he said. "We grow accustomed to it." 

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The station has beds that firefighters can sleep on when they are on duty for their 24-hour shifts. Emergency dispatch calls can drop at any time day or night. "At the end of the day, when the call goes out, you got to go," firefighter Gabe Morran said. 

Answering the call

Bloomington Fire Chief Jason Moore is attempting to set up a support program to help firefighters feel more comfortable sharing their struggles with mental health. “In our profession, we are supposed to help everyone," he said, "It’s really hard to admit we need help."

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A variety of students and faculty gather together for the a panel event about black women in the STEM field Wednesday evening. Panelists (from left to right) Kimberly Gold, Kristen Hicks, and Erica Jones speak about how it is being a black women in a male dominated industry of engineering.

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Kimberly Gold, speaks on the experiences she has had at her job and how being a black female caused her to face certain challenges during the panel talk Wednesday. She talked about how she was the first African American woman with a PhD at her job at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division.

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