Black Forest fire chief claims PTSD, takes medical leave

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BLACK FOREST, Colo. — Black Forest Fire Chief Bob Harvey announced he is taking a medical leave of absence due to PTSD at a fire board meeting Wednesday night.

KKTV.com reported that Chief Harvey says he has PTSD after three events in his life, including the Black Forest Fire, investigation into the fire and recent elections of the fire board member that ousted the majority of incumbents.

Chief Harvey was part of an independent investigation after Sheriff Terry Maketa blasted him about how he handled the Black Forest Fire last summer, according to the report. The investigation later revelaed he did nothing wrong.

He has been with the fire deparment for a year and a half and will be paid while on medical leave, according to the report.

Residents told KKTV reporters at the meeting that they don’t think he will return to the job and that this is his way of leaving gracefully.

The assistant fire chief will step in as the interim chief.

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