The Other Side of the Hero plunges us into the world of the first responder. We’ll witness the excitement and bravado as these real life action heroes head out on a call. We’ll see the camaraderie and dark humour back at the station, as we get to know first responders as people rather than just the uniform that they wear.
And we’ll discover the flip-side of what can happen when a hero discovers that they are not emotionally immune to all that happens in the course of a shift.
Actor Enrico Colantoni, who played Sgt Greg Parker for five years on the hit series Flashpoint, is our guide on this journey. He fits easily into this world – his brother was a Toronto cop – and because of his TV persona, first responders view him as one of their own.
In The Other Side of the Hero, we’ll meet several first responders and their families, see daily life, laugh, and unwind with them.
And we’ll talk about the experiences these first responders have had with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Several actors who portray first responders on TV are also featured in the doc. These actors acknowledge the responsibility they have to inspire and inform audiences. As Paget Brewster from Criminal Minds notes, young women often tell her they want to do “exactly what she does on TV” as an FBI Profiler. When approached by fans who tell him they want to become a cop because of his show, Colantoni says, “You don’t want to be a cop, you want to be an actor!”
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