DENVER — Dozens of Denver firefighters, police officers and EMS workers gathered outside Denver Health on Tuesday night to remember Debbie Crawford, a long-time paramedic who passed away over the weekend.
Crawford, who had been working as a paramedic since the 1980s, reportedly took her own life just hours after responding to a fatal accident between an RTD light rail train and a pedestrian.
“Tonight we’re here to honor her memory, and to carry that memory forward,” said Scott Bookman, chief paramedic at Denver Health. Crawford was not only a paramedic but a mentor to several people in the city’s mental health community.
Denver Health released a statement on Tuesday afternoon:
“We recognize working in the emergency medical services field can be stressful, and the Paramedic Division is committed to providing support and resources for our staff. A peer support team has been in place and recently a committee was formed to provide education about prevention and identification, as well as resources and support for team members who may be struggling. Deb was the chair of the committee and felt passionately about this work, which will continue in her honor.”
Crawford’s family and friends asked for privacy during Tuesday’s vigil. Another gathering was held over the weekend to honor Crawford’s life.