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June is PTSD Awareness Month

We are thrilled to announce that we are partnering with the Stratham Volunteer Fire Department this year to raise awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in First Responders. PTSD is a mental health condition that may occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event, series of events or circumstances. An individual may experience this as emotionally or physically harmful or life-threatening and may affect mental, physical, social, and/or spiritual well-being. (Psychiatry.org)

 

Meet Cocoa

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We are partnering with a retired Assistant Fire Chief and his service dog Cocoa with the goal of raising funds for Cocoa's training. The cost of purchasing and training service dogs can be as high as $50,000, depending on the needs, and insurance does not typically cover of any it. Training takes approximately two years and the typical “working life” for a service dog is between 6 and 8 years. 

What's in store for 2024?

  • Frights for Lives

    • A Halloween Holiday home lighting contest! Stratham residents may enter the contest for a donation. The winner of the contest will win two round-trip airline tickets. 

  • Stratham Fire Department Holiday Lights Parade in December

  • Bonfire at Stratham Hill Park in January

    • Raffle tickets for 2 sets of round trip airline tickets and other amazing prizes, donated by local businesses. Food and drinks served up by FD Auxiliary's Big Red! 

  • Donations will also be accepted!

All proceeds from these events will go to support the training of Cocoa. Any additional funds raised will be earmarked for other First Responders in the area diagnosed with PTSD.

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