An off-duty Fire Department EMT who suffered bouts of depression and became addicted to pain killers after an ambulance crash took his own life this week, an FDNY official said.
EMT Brandon Dorsa, 36, died on Wednesday, although it was not immediately clear where.
Dorsa, a resident of Nesconset, L.I., joined the FDNY in 2014 and was most recently assigned to an EMS dispatch unit, where he sent ambulances out on emergency calls.
He was assigned to an EMS station in Downtown Brooklyn in 2015 when his ambulance was struck by an SUV, causing the rig to flip and leaving him with extreme neck and back pain.
Dorsa is the third EMT to die by suicide this year, officials said.
In June, EMS Lt. Matthew Keene, assigned to Station 17 on Ogden Ave. in the Bronx, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in his Nyack home, officials said.
In April, newly-minted EMT John Mondello, 23, took his own life in Astoria with a gun that belonged to his father, a retired NYPD officer, said sources.
Because of the rise in EMT suicides and the stress caused them by the coronavirus pandemic, the Fire Department has been promoting its counseling services. Counselors regularly visit Fire Department facilities, and a help line phone number is routinely flashed on FDNY computer screens.