Missing Orting firefighter who suffered from PTSD found dead

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Arthur Vasquez

ORTING, Wash. — A member of the Orting Fire Department who suffered from PTSD was found dead Sunday. Captain Art Vazquez had been missing since Saturday.

“It’s with a heavy heart that Orting Valley Fire and Rescue and the International Association of Firefighters Local 4459 announce the passing of one of our beloved members, Captain Art Vazquez,” Orting Valley Fire and Rescue said on Facebook.

The post went on to say Vazquez “took his own life as a result of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time. The Orting Valley Fire and Rescue family will pull together to make sure they get all the support they need. While we are hurting with the loss of Captain Vazquez and struggling to understand it, we are extremely grateful for the support we have received from our community and firefighting family. We will not be answering any questions or providing additional information at this time but rather focusing our efforts on supporting Captain Vazquez’s family and the men and women of Orting Valley Fire and Rescue,” the post read.

Vazquez left his Frederickson home between 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday, July 21, according to Vazquez’s nephew. He did not have his medication, ID or credit cards.

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