EP 04: Gary Roberts – What It’s Like To Be A Firefighter

Most people have always seen a firefighter’s career as cool. Little might people know, this career can be mentally grueling. Do you know a firefighter? Ask yourself this: how well do you know the struggle they face on a daily basis?

Both Police Officers and Firefighters are more likely to die by suicide than in the line of duty. According to a study, 14% to 22% of firefighters are highly likely to have PTSD. 11% percent of firefighters struggle with depression and about 46.8% of firefighters think about suicide sometime within their career. Reading these numbers, Gary Roberts was shocked and decided to dedicate himself to the mission of lowering those alarming statistics.

On this episode of the Good Dude’s Grow Podcast, Gary shares his struggle and experience of being a firefighter and its effect on him mentally, emotionally, and physically. Gary also shares the benefit of using CBD, a natural plant, rather than using a chemical medication. Tune in for an episode that will give you a deep understanding about the life of a firefighter.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Why firefighters are at a higher risk for depression, PTSD, and suicide than the general population
  • How this conversation about using CBD is essential to understanding how to help first responders
  • What are the benefits of CBD in the fight against depression, PTSD, and other mental health issues 
  • And much more:

Favorite Quote:

“It’s not as easy as everybody thinks it is. Once you get hired, basically you have 80 pounds of gear you’re gonna wear on calls, you’re away from your family for 24 hours, a lot of this plays on a firefighter’s mind. It’s not like you spent all day just working out like most people think, sitting around, sleeping, watching movies and tv. If you get to do that in your department, chances are that’s the only downtime within 24 hours you get. We are basically on the edge. We are waiting for that one call that anything can happen. That one call that basically will change your life forever.”

  • Gary Roberts


How to Get Involved:

Gary Roberts is the founder and CEO of Pure Body Zen, a company based around creating and selling high-quality CBD products that work to heal mind and body alike. Gary considers hemp-based medicine a calling, and his organization, along with the world-class team that runs it, reflects his passion.

You can learn more about Pure Body Zen on their site, on LinkedIn and on Instagram.

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