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UT Salt Lake City UT Zone Forecast for Friday, June 1, 2018

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Zone Forecast Product for Utah…UPDATED

National Weather Service Salt Lake City UT

913 PM MDT Thu May 31 2018

UPDATED ALL ZONES

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Salt Lake and Tooele Valleys-

Including Salt Lake City and Tooele

913 PM MDT Thu May 31 2018

UPDATED

.REST OF TONIGHT…Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers

and thunderstorms late in the evening, then partly cloudy with a

chance of rain showers after midnight. Lows in the mid 50s. West

winds 10 to 20 mph late in the evening. Chance of precipitation

30 percent.

.FRIDAY…Partly sunny with a 20 percent chance of rain showers in

the morning, then partly cloudy in the afternoon. Cooler. Highs in

the lower 70s.

.FRIDAY NIGHT…Mostly clear. Lows around 50.

.SATURDAY…Sunny. Highs in the upper 70s.

.SATURDAY NIGHT…Clear. Lows in the mid 50s.

.SUNDAY…Sunny. Highs in the mid 80s.

.SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT…Mostly clear. Lows in the lower

60s. Highs in the lower 90s.

.TUESDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT…Mostly clear. Highs in the upper

80s. Lows in the lower 60s.

.THURSDAY…Sunny in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Highs

in the mid 80s.

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Northern Wasatch Front-

Including Brigham City, Ogden, and Bountiful

913 PM MDT Thu May 31 2018

UPDATED

.REST OF TONIGHT…Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of showers and

thunderstorms late in the evening, then a chance of rain showers

after midnight. Lows around 50. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph.

Chance of precipitation 40 percent.

.FRIDAY…Partly sunny with a 30 percent chance of rain showers in

the morning, then partly cloudy in the afternoon. Cooler. Highs

around 70.

.FRIDAY NIGHT…Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 40s.

.SATURDAY…Sunny. Highs in the upper 70s.

.SATURDAY NIGHT…Clear. Lows in the lower 50s.

.SUNDAY…Sunny. Highs in the lower 80s.

.SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT…Mostly clear. Lows around 60.

Highs around 90.

.TUESDAY…Partly cloudy in the morning then clearing. Highs in the

mid 80s.

.TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT…Mostly clear. Lows around

60. Highs in the lower 80s.

.THURSDAY…Sunny in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Highs

in the lower 80s.

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Southern Wasatch Front-

Including Lehi, Provo, and Nephi

913 PM MDT Thu May 31 2018

UPDATED

.REST OF TONIGHT…Breezy. Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of

showers and thunderstorms late in the evening, then partly cloudy

with a slight chance of rain showers after midnight. Lows around

50. South winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Chance

of precipitation 20 percent.

.FRIDAY…Partly sunny in the morning then becoming partly cloudy.

Cooler. Highs in the mid 70s.

.FRIDAY NIGHT…Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 40s.

.SATURDAY…Sunny. Highs in the lower 80s.

.SATURDAY NIGHT…Clear. Lows around 50.

.SUNDAY…Sunny. Highs in the upper 80s.

.SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT…Mostly clear. Lows in the upper

50s. Highs in the lower 90s.

.TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY…Mostly clear. Highs in the mid 80s. Lows

in the upper 50s.

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Cache Valley/Utah Portion-

Including Logan and Smithfield

913 PM MDT Thu May 31 2018

UPDATED

.REST OF TONIGHT…Mostly cloudy. Breezy. A chance of rain

showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms late in the evening,

then rain showers likely after midnight. Lows in the mid 40s.

North winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 40 mph late in the

evening. Chance of precipitation 60 percent.

.FRIDAY…Partly sunny with a 30 percent chance of rain showers in

the morning, then partly cloudy in the afternoon. Cooler. Highs in

the upper 60s.

.FRIDAY NIGHT…Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 30s.

.SATURDAY…Sunny. Highs in the mid 70s.

.SATURDAY NIGHT…Clear. Lows in the lower 40s.

.SUNDAY…Sunny. Highs in the lower 80s.

.SUNDAY NIGHT…Clear. Lows in the upper 40s.

.MONDAY…Sunny. Highs in the upper 80s.

.MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY…Partly cloudy. Lows around 50. Highs in

the lower 80s.

.TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY…Mostly clear. Lows around 50.

Highs around 80.

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Great Salt Lake Desert and Mountains-

Including Wendover and Snowville

913 PM MDT Thu May 31 2018

UPDATED

.REST OF TONIGHT…Mostly cloudy. Breezy. A chance of rain

showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms late in the evening,

then a slight chance of rain showers after midnight. Lows around

50. Northwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 40 mph

decreasing to 10 to 20 mph after midnight. Chance of

precipitation 50 percent.

.FRIDAY…Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming sunny. Highs in

the lower 70s. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph late in the morning.

.FRIDAY NIGHT…Clear. Lows around 50.

.SATURDAY…Sunny. Highs in the upper 70s.

.SATURDAY NIGHT…Clear. Lows in the mid 50s.

.SUNDAY…Sunny. Highs in the mid 80s.

.SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT…Mostly clear. Lows around 60.

Highs in the lower 90s.

.TUESDAY…Partly cloudy in the morning then clearing. Highs in the

mid 80s.

.TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY…Mostly clear. Lows around 60.

Highs in the mid 80s.

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Wasatch Mountain Valleys-

Including Huntsville, Park City, and Heber City

913 PM MDT Thu May 31 2018

UPDATED

.REST OF TONIGHT…Mostly cloudy late in the evening then

becoming partly cloudy. A slight chance of showers and

thunderstorms late in the evening, then a chance of rain showers

after midnight. Lows around 40. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph late

in the evening. Chance of precipitation 30 percent.

.FRIDAY…Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain showers in

the morning, then partly cloudy in the afternoon. Cooler. Highs in

the mid 60s.

.FRIDAY NIGHT…Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 30s.

.SATURDAY…Sunny. Highs in the mid 70s.

.SATURDAY NIGHT…Clear. Lows around 40.

.SUNDAY…Sunny. Highs around 80.

.SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT…Mostly clear. Lows in the upper

40s. Highs in the mid 80s.

.TUESDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT…Mostly clear. Highs around 80.

Lows in the upper 40s.

.THURSDAY…Sunny in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Highs

in the upper 70s.

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Wasatch Mountains I-80 North-

Including Woodruff and Randolph

913 PM MDT Thu May 31 2018

UPDATED

.REST OF TONIGHT…Partly cloudy late in the evening then

becoming mostly cloudy. A chance of rain showers and a slight

chance of thunderstorms late in the evening, then rain showers

likely after midnight. Lows in the upper 30s. Chance of

precipitation 60 percent.

.FRIDAY…A chance of rain showers in the morning, then a slight

chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Partly sunny.

Cooler. Highs in the lower 60s. Chance of precipitation 40 percent.

.FRIDAY NIGHT…Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 30s.

.SATURDAY…Sunny. Highs around 70.

.SATURDAY NIGHT…Clear. Lows in the upper 30s.

.SUNDAY…Sunny. Highs in the upper 70s.

.SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT…Mostly clear. Lows in the mid

40s. Highs around 80.

.TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY…Mostly clear. Highs in the mid 70s. Lows

in the mid 40s.

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Wasatch Mountains South of I-80-

Including Alta and Brighton

913 PM MDT Thu May 31 2018

UPDATED

.REST OF TONIGHT…Partly cloudy. Windy. A chance of rain

showers, snow showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms late

in the evening, then a chance of rain and snow showers after

midnight. Lows in the upper 30s. Southwest winds 25 to 35 mph

with gusts to around 45 mph late in the evening. Chance of

precipitation 30 percent.

.FRIDAY…Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain and snow showers in

the morning, then partly cloudy with a slight chance of rain

showers, thunderstorms and snow showers in the afternoon. Cooler.

Highs around 50. Chance of precipitation 40 percent.

.FRIDAY NIGHT…Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 30s.

.SATURDAY…Sunny. Highs around 60.

.SATURDAY NIGHT…Clear. Lows in the lower 40s.

.SUNDAY…Sunny. Highs in the lower 60s.

.SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT…Mostly clear. Lows in the

mid 40s. Highs in the 60s.

.THURSDAY…Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 60s.

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Western Uinta Mountains-

Including Mirror Lake Highway

913 PM MDT Thu May 31 2018

UPDATED

.REST OF TONIGHT…Mostly cloudy late in the evening then

becoming partly cloudy. Breezy. A chance of rain showers and a

slight chance of thunderstorms late in the evening, then a chance

of rain and snow showers after midnight. Lows in the lower 30s.

Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 30 mph late in

the evening. Chance of precipitation 30 percent.

.FRIDAY…A chance of rain showers in the morning, then a chance of

showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Partly sunny. Cooler.

Highs in the upper 50s. Chance of precipitation 40 percent.

.FRIDAY NIGHT…Mostly clear. Lows around 30.

.SATURDAY…Sunny, warmer. Highs in the upper 60s.

.SATURDAY NIGHT…Clear. Lows in the mid 30s.

.SUNDAY…Sunny. Highs in the lower 70s.

.SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY…Mostly clear. Lows around 40. Highs

in the upper 60s to mid 70s.

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Wasatch Plateau/Book Cliffs-

Including Scofield

913 PM MDT Thu May 31 2018

UPDATED

.REST OF TONIGHT…Windy. Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of

showers and thunderstorms late in the evening, then partly cloudy

with a slight chance of rain showers after midnight. Lows in the

mid 30s. Southwest winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts to around 40 mph

becoming west 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 30 mph after

midnight. Chance of precipitation 20 percent.

.FRIDAY…Breezy. Partly sunny with a slight chance of rain showers

in the morning, then partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers

and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Cooler. Highs around 60. West

winds 15 to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation 20 percent.

.FRIDAY NIGHT…Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 30s.

.SATURDAY…Sunny. Highs in the upper 60s.

.SATURDAY NIGHT…Clear. Lows in the upper 30s.

.SUNDAY…Sunny. Highs around 70.

.SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY…Mostly clear. Lows in the lower

40s. Highs in the lower to mid 70s.

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Western Uinta Basin-

Including Duchesne and Roosevelt

913 PM MDT Thu May 31 2018

UPDATED

.REST OF TONIGHT…Partly cloudy. Breezy. Lows in the upper 40s.

West winds 15 to 25 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph around midnight.

.FRIDAY…Partly cloudy. Cooler. Highs in the upper 70s. West winds

10 to 20 mph.

.FRIDAY NIGHT…Mostly clear. Lows around 40. West winds 10 to

20 mph.

.SATURDAY…Sunny. Highs in the lower 80s.

.SATURDAY NIGHT…Clear. Lows in the upper 40s.

.SUNDAY…Sunny in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Highs

around 90.

.SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY…Mostly clear. Lows in the lower

50s. Highs around 90.

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Castle Country-

Including Price, Castle Dale, and Emery

913 PM MDT Thu May 31 2018

UPDATED

.REST OF TONIGHT…Mostly cloudy late in the evening then

clearing. Breezy. Lows around 50. West winds 15 to 25 mph with

gusts to around 30 mph decreasing to 10 to 20 mph after midnight.

.FRIDAY…Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming sunny. Highs in

the upper 70s. West winds 10 to 20 mph late in the afternoon.

.FRIDAY NIGHT…Clear. Lows in the mid 40s. North winds 10 to

20 mph.

.SATURDAY…Sunny. Highs in the lower 80s.

.SATURDAY NIGHT…Clear. Lows in the lower 50s.

.SUNDAY…Sunny in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Highs in

the upper 80s.

.SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY…Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 50s.

Highs in the upper 80s.

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San Rafael Swell-

Including Green River and Hanksville

913 PM MDT Thu May 31 2018

UPDATED

.REST OF TONIGHT…Partly cloudy. Breezy. Lows around 50.

Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 40 mph.

.FRIDAY…Sunny. Highs in the upper 80s.

.FRIDAY NIGHT…Clear. Lows in the upper 40s.

.SATURDAY…Sunny. Highs around 90.

.SATURDAY NIGHT…Mostly clear. Lows around 50.

.SUNDAY…Sunny. Highs in the mid 90s.

.SUNDAY NIGHT…Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 50s.

.MONDAY…Sunny. Highs in the upper 90s.

.MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY…Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 50s.

Highs in the mid 90s.

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Sanpete/Sevier Valleys-

Including Manti and Richfield

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913 PM MDT Thu May 31 2018

UPDATED

.REST OF TONIGHT…Mostly clear. Breezy. Lows in the mid 40s.

Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 30 mph

decreasing to 10 to 20 mph after midnight.

.FRIDAY…Sunny. Highs in the mid 70s.

.FRIDAY NIGHT…Clear. Lows around 40.

.SATURDAY…Sunny. Highs around 80.

.SATURDAY NIGHT…Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 40s.

.SUNDAY…Sunny. Highs in the mid 80s.

.SUNDAY NIGHT…Mostly clear. Lows around 50.

.MONDAY…Sunny. Highs around 90.

.MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY…Mostly clear. Lows around 50. Highs

in the mid 80s.

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West Central Utah-

Including Delta and Fillmore

913 PM MDT Thu May 31 2018

UPDATED

.REST OF TONIGHT…Partly cloudy. Breezy. Lows around 50. South

winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 30 mph late in the

evening.

.FRIDAY…Sunny, cooler. Highs in the mid 70s.

.FRIDAY NIGHT…Clear. Lows in the mid 40s.

.SATURDAY…Sunny. Highs around 80.

.SATURDAY NIGHT…Clear. Lows around 50.

.SUNDAY…Sunny. Highs in the upper 80s.

.SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY…Clear. Lows in the mid 50s. Highs in the

lower 90s.

.MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY…Mostly clear. Lows in the upper

50s. Highs in the upper 80s.

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Southwest Utah-

Including Beaver, Cedar City, and Milford

913 PM MDT Thu May 31 2018

UPDATED

.REST OF TONIGHT…Clear, breezy. Lows in the mid 40s. South

winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 40 mph decreasing to

10 to 20 mph after midnight.

.FRIDAY…Sunny. Highs around 80.

.FRIDAY NIGHT…Clear. Lows around 40.

.SATURDAY…Sunny. Highs in the mid 80s.

.SATURDAY NIGHT…Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 40s.

.SUNDAY…Sunny. Highs around 90.

.SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY…Clear. Lows around 50. Highs around 90.

.MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY…Mostly clear. Lows around 50. Highs

in the mid 80s.

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Central Mountains-

Including Cove Fort, Koosharem, and Fish Lake

913 PM MDT Thu May 31 2018

UPDATED

.REST OF TONIGHT…Partly cloudy late in the evening then

clearing. Very windy. Lows in the upper 30s. Southwest winds

30 to 40 mph with gusts to around 60 mph decreasing to 25 to

35 mph with gusts to around 45 mph after midnight.

.FRIDAY…Breezy, sunny. Highs in the lower 60s. West winds 15 to

25 mph.

.FRIDAY NIGHT…Clear. Lows in the mid 30s.

.SATURDAY…Sunny. Highs in the upper 60s.

.SATURDAY NIGHT…A 20 percent chance of rain showers after

midnight. Mostly clear. Lows around 40.

.SUNDAY…A 20 percent chance of rain showers in the morning. Sunny.

Highs around 70.

.SUNDAY NIGHT…Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 40s.

.MONDAY…Sunny. Highs in the mid 70s.

.MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY…Mostly clear. Lows in the lower

40s. Highs around 70.

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Southern Mountains-

Including Loa, Panguitch, and Bryce Canyon

913 PM MDT Thu May 31 2018

UPDATED

.REST OF TONIGHT…Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 30s.

.FRIDAY…Sunny. Highs in the lower 70s.

.FRIDAY NIGHT…Clear. Lows in the lower 30s.

.SATURDAY…Sunny. Highs in the upper 70s.

.SATURDAY NIGHT…A 20 percent chance of rain showers after

midnight. Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 30s.

.SUNDAY…A 20 percent chance of rain showers in the morning. Sunny.

Highs around 80.

.SUNDAY NIGHT…Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 30s.

.MONDAY…Sunny. Highs in the lower 80s.

.MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY…Mostly clear. Lows in the upper

30s. Highs in the upper 70s.

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Utahs Dixie and Zion National Park-

913 PM MDT Thu May 31 2018

UPDATED

.REST OF TONIGHT…Clear. Lows in the upper 50s.

.FRIDAY…Sunny. Highs in the lower 90s.

.FRIDAY NIGHT…Clear. Lows around 60.

.SATURDAY…Sunny. Highs around 100.

.SATURDAY NIGHT…Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 60s.

.SUNDAY…Sunny. Highs around 103.

.SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT…Clear. Lows in the mid 60s.

Highs around 103.

.TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY…Mostly clear. Highs in the upper 90s.

Lows in the mid 60s.

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Including Kanab and Escalante

913 PM MDT Thu May 31 2018

UPDATED

.REST OF TONIGHT…Mostly clear. Breezy. Lows around 50.

Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 30 mph late in

the evening.

.FRIDAY…Sunny. Highs in the mid 80s.

.FRIDAY NIGHT…Clear. Lows around 50.

.SATURDAY…Sunny. Highs around 90.

.SATURDAY NIGHT…Partly cloudy. Lows around 50.

.SUNDAY…Sunny. Highs in the lower 90s.

.SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY…Clear. Lows in the lower 50s. Highs in

the lower 90s.

.MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY…Mostly clear. Lows in the lower

50s. Highs around 90.

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Glen Canyon Recreation Area/Lake Powell-

913 PM MDT Thu May 31 2018

UPDATED

.REST OF TONIGHT…Mostly clear. Breezy. Lows around 60.

Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 40 mph.

.FRIDAY…Sunny. Highs around 90.

.FRIDAY NIGHT…Clear. Lows in the upper 50s.

.SATURDAY…Sunny. Highs in the lower 90s.

.SATURDAY NIGHT…Mostly clear. Lows around 60.

.SUNDAY…Sunny. Highs in the mid 90s.

.SUNDAY NIGHT…Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 60s.

.MONDAY…Sunny. Highs in the upper 90s.

.MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY…Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 60s.

Highs in the mid 90s.

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A formerly suicidal Salt Lake City firefighter got help — and now he’s urging other first responders to consider therapy

After a sleepless two days at the firehouse, Capt. Mike Stevens trudged up the stairs to his bedroom and pulled out his .40-caliber handgun. He sat on the edge of his bed and began to make a mental list of the reasons he should end his own life and the reasons he shouldn’t.

He thought his wife would be able to find a better husband and, if he died, she could take the life insurance and pay off the house. He felt he was no longer making a difference. He sat there holding the gun for about 15 minutes, ticking through reasons to shoot himself.

But then, like a lightning bolt, one thought knocked aside his grim list — “There are people on this planet that I haven’t pissed off yet.”

He’d struggled with depression and nightmares for years, but therapy eventually helped him work through trauma accumulated over his lengthy career as an emergency medical technician and then a firefighter in Salt Lake City. Today, he urges other firefighters to protect their mental health.

“I kept my demons hidden for many years,” Stevens said. “I didn’t want to infect anyone else, that was my train of thought. There’s some logic to that, but it finds its way out one way or another.”

Stevens will join a panel of first responders on Thursday, May 24, at 7 p.m. at the Salt Lake City Main Library to talk about the toll their jobs can take on their mental health. The free event is being presented by The Salt Lake Tribune, which recently published “Officer in Distress,” a series that focused on West Jordan Detective Brent Jex and his guilt over the death of a friend in uniform.

Jex can’t appear at the Trib Talk Live event due to professional responsibilities. Instead, Tribune Editor Jennifer Napier-Pearce will interview Stevens, a 29-year veteran of the city Fire Department, along with Sgt. Lisa Pascadlo, a peer support coordinator for the Salt Lake City Police Department; state Rep. Lee Perry, a lieutenant with the Utah Highway Patrol; and Shante Johnson, a spokeswoman with the Utah Fraternal Order of Police and the widow of Draper Sgt. Derek Johnson, who was killed in the line of duty in 2013.

The stories of Jex and Stevens are similar. They are big, imposing men who grew up with an instinct to help others. They came to their respective professions early and with great enthusiasm. And over time, what they saw on the job, particularly the deaths of young children, weighed them down.

Around the year 2000, Stevens was a member of an emergency crew sent to a downtown apartment building where a boy, about 1 year old, had stopped breathing. They gave him CPR and rushed him to Primary Children’s Hospital where Stevens sat with his devastated parents. The boy died.

About a decade later, Stevens responded to a call after a father had taken cold medication, fallen deeply asleep and rolled onto his 18-month-old son. Stevens said he felt a “sinking feeling” as he handed the boy off to medics. That boy died, too.

Stevens remembers a young man dragged behind a TRAX train when it snagged the bag he was carrying over his shoulder. Stevens and his fellow firefighters picked up the man’s remains and put them in small plastic bags.

He says, generally, he can handle the blood, the car wrecks and near drownings. “But being able to say it doesn’t affect you isn’t exactly true.”

No major event led to the suicidal thoughts that spurred Stevens to pull out his .40-caliber in 2011. It was an erosion of his self-esteem and a lack of sleep, he said, driven by reliving past calls that he tends to describe as “not so good.”

In the months afterward, he tried to cope with times of stress by going the gym and chopping firewood. But then, about two years later, the nightmares came back, becoming more frequent, more alarming, until he was wracked by horrors every time he drifted off. He’d dream of the dad who rolled over on his son, and then his mind would morph that tragedy into something worse — the father died too, or maybe everyone in the house.

He ended up seeing a therapist who specializes in EMDR, which stands for eye movement desensitization and reprocessing. The therapy is used frequently for those who suffer from post-traumatic stress or similar mental health problems, including members of the military, rape survivors and first responders.

In EMDR, a therapist breaks down traumatic events into the ways a person experienced them, asking a patient to recall visual images and body sensations and hoping to help change how the brain responds to these memories.

It helped Stevens eliminate the nightmares and moderate his mood swings. He still isn’t comfortable around strangers, and has moved into a fifth-wheel camper in a remote part of Utah. He is still trying to rebuild relationships with his family.

He urges his fellow firefighters to take advantage of department resources, including peer support teams and psychiatrists available for phone conversations.

At the urging of Battalion Chief Mike Fox, researchers at the University of Utah launched an experiment called “Mind Shield” in 2017, where all firefighters participated in three one-hour training sessions meant to reduce suicidal thoughts, depression and substance abuse. That study is still underway, said lecturer Rich Landward, with the College of Social Work.

Aaron Burgin created a nonprofit called Suicide Sucks after his brother, Scott, died by suicide in 2009. The idea was to push suicide prevention ads and links higher in search results when a person types suicide-related keywords into Google or any other search engine. Burgin’s group also created YouTube videos. He asked Stevens, his stepfather, to talk directly to other firefighters.

In the video, posted in May 2017, Stevens said: “The stigma of going to seek therapy, it is not there anymore. It is more commonplace now than you think. Set your pride on the shelf and get the help you need.

“You are here for a reason. We all got into Fire and EMS to help others,” he said. “You have a gift most people on this planet don’t. You would lay your life on the line for someone you don’t know because you give a s—. Don’t take that away from someone who still needs you.”

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