Matt Fiorenza is a twenty-year firefighter/paramedic. This presentation will discuss Matt’s journey towards post-traumatic growth. After ten years on the job, working on the busiest units in the city, Matt began to experience some of the negative effects that the job can encompass. Faced with an on-the-job injury, multiple critical incident stressors, Matt ultimately found himself in a deep depression. Thoughts of suicide, a struggle with alcohol use and depression consumed his life until reaching out for help. In this presentation, Matt will share his struggles with post-traumatic stress and alcoholism and share how, after things fell apart, he was he was able to put things back together and is now an example of post traumatic growth. Matt will share his journey through these challenges, what it was like, what happened and what it is like now.