Fire department honoring Army Sergeant who committed suicide at Fort Carson after suffering from PTSD

Sergeant James Morrison was found dead at Fort Carson last Wednesday from a reported suicide.

A US Army soldier and New York native assigned to Fort Carson, Colorado, took his own life- and his family is citing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as the culprit.

When 28-year-old Sergeant James Morrison, from Rockland County, was reported dead at Fort Carson last Wednesday, his family decided to send a message to anyone out there struggling with mental health issues- don’t be ashamed to seek help.

“PTSD is real,” said bereaved father Richard Morrison in an interview with the Rockland Times. “This is proof.”

Despite his tragic demise by his own hand, the Morrison family reflected upon their son as a hero, decorated combat veteran, husband and father.

“We want him to be remembered as a hero,” Richard and Sharon Morrison said.

A member of the 2-12 Infantry, 4 IBCT, 4th Infantry Division, Sergeant Morrison was a three-tour veteran of Afghanistan, having even received an Army Commendation (with Valor device) by then-General David Petraeus for braving enemy fire in order to reach a weapon that would help drive back the Taliban.

“I wasn’t surprised to hear about his heroics but I was very proud of him,” Rockland Emergency Services Coordinator Gordon Wren Jr. told lohud, fondly remembering the man who once went to school with his daughter.

Morrison’s father Richard was a life-member of the Hillcrest Fire Department in Rockland County, with his son joining in some capacity around ten years ago.

In an effort to honor Morrison, the fire service will conduct a ceremony for the deceased Sergeant on Saturday, which will include a “last call” sounded by a bell and reading of the Firefighter’s Prayer. The Sunday funeral procession will also stop in front of the fire station as the departments sounds sirens in a final tribute. Finally, the burial will take place with two ladder trucks and a large flag present.

In addition to the send-off given by the local fire department, Sergeant Morrison will be buried with full military honors in the presence of many soldiers he served with.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day offered his condolences, and demanded that flags in the County be at half-staff from Thursday to Monday.

“As the father of two sons who served, one still on active duty, I can think of no greater heartache,” Day said. “We know the people of Rockland will stand by the Morrisons during this time of tragedy.”

Sergeant Morrison is survived by his father, mother, sister, wife and daughter.

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