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Local officer completes his multi-day walk for PTSD

Mountie's epic journey

Even though there were bleak conditions, Sergeant Rob Ferrer completed his long trek for mental health yesterday afternoon.

The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP officer did the walk to reduce the stigma surrounding post-traumatic stress disorder for first responders.

He began his journey on Sunday at 7 a.m. starting at the Vernon RCMP detachment, to the Okanagan Rail Trail and around Wood Lake on a loop for 239 kilometres.

It took Ferrer 60 hours, but he was supported by his friends, family and co-workers throughout.

On the second day, his friend Sgt. Major Sebastien Lavoie joined him to complete the final 100 kilometres.

A storm rolled in Monday evening and started to cause some trouble for the pair.

However, they soldiered on, because they knew that was nothing compared to what people living with mental health disorders are experiencing every day.

"Although I am tired and sore, I am extremely grateful for the awareness raised, as a result of the walk, surrounding Operational Stress Injuries among first responders," Farrer said. "It’s a conversation we must keep having to support one another. "

His walk also was a fundraiser for Courageous Companions, a service dog program to help with Operational Stress injuries.

As of right now he has raised just under $13,000, and the acquisition and training of one service dog is $25,000.

To contribute to Sgt. Ferrer's campaign, you can donate on his gofundme page.



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