The Call We Carry

PRESENTED BY: Meaningful Movies Tacoma
2:00 PM, Saturday, May 13, 2023 PST
Location: Tacoma- The Grand Cinema (click for map)

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The Call We Carry follows the journeys of 4 Tacoma Firefighters as they share their stories of pain, sacrifice, and resiliency in the midst of an unprecedented call volume increase. The film provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of those who put it all on the line every day, in an effort to prove once and for all that NO ONE FIGHTS ALONE.

In a profession that few ever see, and even fewer understand, a crisis is brewing among today’s first responders. Over 37% meet clinical diagnosis for PTSD, and most go untreated and even unrecognized. In a culture where showing vulnerability means showing weakness, this ground-breaking documentary attempts to break down these barriers and smash the stigma of mental health in the fire service.


Free film screening followed by an impactful community panel discussion. Hear from filmmakers, film participants, local first responders, and health professionals, as we discuss the conversation that’s not being had enough and work to illuminate a crisis in order to stop the stigma and support change.


Casey Novak – Battalion Chief and the leader of Tacoma Fire’s Peer Support Team. Casey has served on the Tacoma Fire Department for 20 years.

Russ Peters – Lead Chaplain and Crisis/Trauma Interventionist for the Tacoma Fire Department.

Kristin Elmer – Captain of Station 1 in Downtown Tacoma and has served with TFD for over 16 years.

Special Guests: Casey Novak - Executive Producer, Battalion Chief and Lead of Tacoma Fire’s Peer Support Team / Russ Peters - Lead Chaplain and Trauma Interventionist for the Tacoma Fire Department / Kristin Elmer - Captain of Station 1 in Downtown Tacoma

Sponsors: The Grand Cinema

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Release Year: 2022

Running Time: 1 hour 8 mins

Director: Cody Shea

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