A few words
My name is David Butt. I am an Engineer and Paramedic for South Metro Fire Protection District located in Raymore Missouri. I started in the fire service as a volunteer at 18 years old and quickly moved my way to full time.
The last several years of my life has made it clear that first responders and military need better mental health care. I have had my own personal tragedies that I had to come to grips with and finally reached out for help. I had many nights where I was scared to sleep because of nightmares and would frequently use alcohol to stop the nightmares. It because a vicious cycle. In my mind I was ok and handling it. Once I began to realize I needed help I decided to make it my mission to help others in this world we live in. I had began with the support of our union members researching how to get peer support or services to help us in crisis. It has been a long road. Then I got in touch with Vanessa and things started to get put in place.
I use these services myself. Its made me realize I should have done this years ago. I’m so excited to progress with this service and also advocate mental health and physical health.
Cass County Local 3112 Ambassador
“I decided to make it my mission to help others in this world we live in”