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Even Firefighters Have a Support System

Firefighters have an image of strength and bravery that many people hold them to. What many forget is that these heroes are only human. Savanna Birchfield reports.

Lt. Col. David Jackson, U.S. Army

A 27-year veteran of the United States Army, Lt. Col. David Jackson recalls his experiences in the military and how they have shaped his life today.

Ep. 8: “Pills, Prescriptions and Perpetual Promises”

A doctor who discovered physicians were overprescribing painkillers works to make a change as additional overdoses hit Valencia. A local mother tries to get help for her son who overdosed and died multiple times before being revived.

Ep. 7: “Saved a Wretch Like Me”

The sheriff’s department hits an apartment in search of drug dealers. Jennifer and Mason graduate from rehab.

Family fights the odds to give 2-year-old son life

For the first time since birth two and a half years ago, Elliot Andrew Newcomb entered his Saugus home. Elliot has since been in an intensive care unit for a developed chronic lung disease known as bronchopulmonary dysplasia, or BPD.

Reporter Michele Lutes has the story how his family is sharing their love for Elliot.

Ep. 6: “No Consequences”

A mother heartbreakingly describes losing her daughter as Sheriff Jim McDonnell and County Supervisor Kathryn Barger grapple with state laws reducing consequences for drug abuse. A local deputy tries to get a couple help after finding them sleeping in a dumpster enclosure.

Ep. 5: “Losing a Brother”

Dillon makes strides toward sobriety as county officials work to determine if Jennifer should keep her baby. Mason recalls losing his brother to a fatal drug overdose.

Ep. 4: “A baby is born”

Now 183 days clean, Jennifer gives birth to a baby boy who struggles in his first few days in the neonatal intensive care unit. The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station’s Domestic Highway Enforcement team hits the road in chase of those trafficking drugs into the city.

Ep. 3: “Flatline”

In episode three, first responders grapple with losing a life after a Santa Clarita Valley resident dies from an apparent drug overdose. A young man hooked on meth hallucinates in the middle of Five Knolls Drive. Jennifer comes to grips with life without drugs.

Ep. 2: “Breaking Down Doors”

The second part of our 8-week microdocumentary series “Addiction” takes a look at Jennifer, a pregnant Santa Clarita woman trying to kick a long heroin habit as the community’s number of fatal overdoses passes 2017’s total.

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