For emergency workers, sadness follows fatal crashes, as does a sense of doing good

From the Day:

“We just allocated our resources the best we could, we paired off nurses and worked on a lot of head injuries,” said Pond, 30, who lives with her husband in Pawcatuck and has been at L+M for 7½ years. When it was all over, she said, “we all just sat with each other for about 45 minutes. Some of us were really shell-shocked. There was a lot of hugging.”

Like Gavin and Vorih, Pond said it was hard going back to work the next day, but ultimately she was glad she did. Staying busy around her co-workers, she said, was itself a kind of healing therapy.

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