In This Together: A Firefighter’s Spouse’s Story

A burn injury doesn’t just affect the individual who was burned. When Jeannine Barrera received word of her husband’s injury – and when she learned he would be okay – she remained stoic, becoming a rock for friends and other family members as they walked alongside Oscar during his initial recovery. 

Jeannine felt she should keep pushing forward and kept her tears from her children and her husband, believing it was the right thing to do. Looking back, she recognized that for herself, her family, and especially her husband, receiving an emotional release and support for those feelings would have helped to aid everyone with their recoveries. 

Motivated by the value the Phoenix SOAR program had for Oscar, she joined him in his journey, and she became trained Phoenix SOAR peer supporter as well. With first-hand experience, and speaking from her heart, Jeannine wants to share her story with other firefighters’ spouses – because no one should feel alone and unsupported as they struggle through burn recovery. 

Watch Jeannine share her experience in her own words below:

Funding provided through DHS/FEMA’s Grant Program Directorate for Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program - Fire Prevention and Safety Grants 

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