Today we remember our brother, partner, and friend Firefighter Paramedic Robbie Pettingill. Robbie was an exceptional firefighter paramedic that we could always count on to have our backs. We all knew him as the “funniest person I have ever known”. It didn’t matter if you worked with him on your first day out of rookie school or 10 years in you were treated the same, and by the end of the shift you would already be going to grab coffee as best friends. All people were your people which is why you were loved by so many. It breaks our hearts knowing how bad you were struggling on the inside while still having that infectiously great attitude on the outside.
Robbie was a great friend and partner to so many affiliated with the HFBA which is why we take great pride and responsibility to honor him and continue his mission of improving firefighter mental health and wellness.
If you are struggling you need to know that the world needs YOU! You are not a burden, you are loved, and you are not alone. This isn’t the end, there is always a reason to keep hope. We are all people of an unlimited number of chances. There is always help. There is always hope.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline