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Shane Godbehere died by drug overdose, officials say

Shane Godbehere died in his sleep in June whereas he was working at Station 131.

SUN CITY, Ariz. — A medical examination discovered that the dying of an on-duty Sun City firefighter in June stemmed from an unintentional drug overdose.

Shane Godbehere, 36, died in his sleep whereas he was working at Station 131. He was a 15-year veteran of the division.

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His sudden dying shocked the small, close-knit department that employs simply over 100 first responders.

“[Godbehere’s] death really hit us hard,” Assistant Chief Rob Schmitz stated in June. “We have had an outpouring of support from the firefighting community.”

A toxicology report launched Tuesday discovered that Godbehere had a wide range of medicine in his system when he died, together with hint components of fentanyl, oxycodone, cocaine and different amphetamines.

His dying was formally dominated an unintentional drug overdose from acute polydrug toxicity.

Godbehere was laid to relaxation on June 17 after a funeral at Desert Springs Bible Church.

The division launched the next assertion in response to the medical expert’s ruling:

MCSO is working the investigation and haven’t accomplished their findings but. We have been made conscious by way of the general public Medical Examiners report that he handed from an unintentional overdose.

While that is tragic and really unhappy, we have to keep in mind that Shane was certainly one of our household and is dearly missed. His household has requested for as a lot privateness as attainable.

We persevering with [sic] to deal with our members effectively being, looking for each other, and serving our neighborhood.

Our message to our members has been to, please attain out should you need assistance or see somebody that does. Ask questions and don’t be afraid to get assist. We have many avenues obtainable to assist out members and their households in occasions of want.

His fiancée, Brooke Walker instructed 12News she and her household have been unaware of any illicit drug use. Walker despatched the next assertion:

We are deeply saddened and nonetheless grieving over the lack of Shane. 

Like many first responders, Shane suffered from psychological well being & despair points.

In addition to those points – A couple of months earlier than his passing, Shane was hospitalized for Covid & pneumonia which had excessive impacts on his neurological well being.

 We are not looking for Shane’s struggles to be his legacy. 

We ask that he be remembered as a  courageous & selfless father and firefighter which was the biggest a part of his life.

First responders turning to medicine or alcohol to deal with the traumatic occasions they skilled occurs all too usually.

“There is a strong connection with trauma, post-traumatic stress, and depression increased with these first responders,” stated Tyler Harrell, the CEO of the Greenhouse Treatment Center. “Alcohol and drugs are a way to cope.”

Harrell stated male firefighters are 10 to twenty occasions extra more likely to binge drink or self-medicate with medicine. “You can imagine that has to deal with the stress,” he stated.

It’s a problem firefighters in Arizona have additionally seen. “Unfortunately it’s been something we’ve struggled with for decades,” stated United Phoenix Firefighters president Bryan Willingham. 

Daily stress firefighters endure from lack of sleep, responding to drownings, and speeding into burning buildings piles on.

Willingham stated, “The depression sets in, and you start thinking about those calls.”

Over the years, he stated psychological well being companies for firefighters have improved. with a number of new packages. “We try to really focus on reducing the stigma,” Willingham stated. “We make it okay for someone to raise their hand and say, ‘hey I have a problem.'”

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