Walkers soldier on in tribute

TWO Mildura CFA firefighters made the journey to Ballarat on Saturday to raise awareness of PTSD and depression through the Walking Off the War Within event. 

Mildura station officer Adam Young and senior station officer ­Michelle Snow took part in the 20km run or walk, now in its second year, wearing a 20kg pack. 

The event honours a walk from Mildura to Adelaide completed by Mildura firefighter and former sold­ier Nathan Shanahan in 2015 to raise awareness of PTSD and depression. 

In 2016, the Mildura brigade was rocked by the deaths of Mr Shanahan and one of its senior station officers, Damien Burke, who took their own lives within months of each other. 

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