On this episode of Beyond the 1st Response, Robyn and Christy discuss the families left behind in the wake of a first responder parent’s suicide and how the kids can take the brunt of the trauma. Tiffany and her son Kyle lost Officer John Scollo to suicide on May 25th, 2015.
May 25th, 2015
John served as an officer in Florida, while Tiffany and Kyle lived in Ohio. When Tiffany’s phone rang asking if she had spoken to John she thought nothing of it since they had talked earlier that day. Knowing he had gone to the ER earlier that day for stomach pain she assumed a miscommunication. In reality, John had left the hospital and proceeded to take his family, friends, and 12 year old son Kyle on a frantic journey to prevent his death. Kyle not only lost his dad this day, but also himself.
Grief, Anger, Violence
Over the next four years, Kyle becomes aggressive, angry, and violent. Tiffany had no choice but to go to drastic measures to help Kyle. After reaching out to many places and trying different counselors she found Elements Wilderness Program. This program gives struggling children tailored treatment to help them build skills to overcome trauma.
With a renewed sense of self, Kyle recently graduated from National Guard Bootcamp. With her focus now being on her own healing, Tiffany receives help for her PTSD. The two have come to realize as alone as they felt, they always have each other.
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