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OC fire captain's death highlights troubling firefighter suicide rate

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A firefighter from Cosumnes Fire Department monitors a back fire while battling the Rim Fire on August 22, 2013 in Groveland, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Eric Weuve was an Orange County firefighter and a father of two. Pictures of him on Facebook show him at the movies with his daughter and boasting with pride about his son's first driving lesson. 

Eric Weuve took his own life on Tuesday. The 41-year-old fire captain jumped from an overpass onto the 5 Freeway.

His death highlights a disturbing reality.

Last year, 132 U.S. firefighters committed suicide — that's more than the number who died from job-related injuries or illnesses.

Jeff Dill, a retired fire captain who founded the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance and tracks firefighter suicides, joined Take Two to discuss the problem and possible solutions.

To listen to the full interview, click on the blue media player above.

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