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We got to meet the Memphis Fire Department’s newest member – Wilson the Therapy Dog!

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – The Memphis Fire Department is welcoming its newest member – Wilson the Therapy Dog! Wilson is a golden doodle, and hi...

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – The Memphis Fire Department is welcoming its newest member –Wilson the Therapy Dog!

Wilson is a golden doodle, and his job is to help firefighters andparamedics deal with their daily stress.

Firefighters routinely face death, destruction, and seeinghumanity at its worst. So it’s no wonder that firefighters have a 5% higherrate of PTSD and depression than the average person.

“Our firefighters and paramedics see a lot ofthings that, quite honestly, they have a lot of trouble forgetting,” said MFD DirectorGina Sweat. “So his handler, Ms. Amanda, will be taking him with firestations to hang out with firefighters and make their days a littlebetter.”

MFD says it is one of the few fire departments in thenation to officially add a therapy dog to its staff.