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Helping search and rescue crews deal with their own stress and trauma

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We think of backcountry rescuers as the toughest of the tough; volunteers who save, or recover, people after avalanches, falls, crashes and other calamities. But the mental toll of responding to disaster after disaster means these rescuers sometimes need help themselves.  A new state law has created a rescuer support program, which will eventually be available to teams across Colorado. Summit County's busy search and rescue operation is part of the pilot program. Aaron Parmet is the medical officer there. He joined us from Keystone.