Editor's note: This is the conclusion of our two-part series.
The death of Cowlitz 2 Battalion Chief Mickel Zainfeld has prompted local agencies and grassroots groups to boost efforts to help firefighters, police and other first responders cope with the emotional trauma of their jobs.
"These people, these aren’t just firemen. These are husbands, spouses, sons, brothers, sisters. I think that gets lost because being a fireman is so honorable. But they’re people, and when they see bad things over and over again, we expect them to be this tough hero, but they have the same heart and same mind as every other person."
Amid stories of camaraderie and love shared at a memorial Tuesday for Cowlitz 2 Battalion Chief Mickel Zainfeld, Chief Dave LaFave shared one …