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This week we’re bringing you a story from independent producer Erica Heilman, who makes the Rumble Strip podcast.
The story is about a teenager named Finn Rooney who loved to fish and play baseball. It’s also about what happened in Finn’s community in Vermont after he took his life in January 2020. (A warning that this story discusses suicide)
The story, “Finn and the Bell,” recently won a Peabody award.
Special thanks to Finn’s mother, Tara Reese, and to the people of Hardwick, Vermont who spoke with Erica for the story.
You can check out other episodes of Rumble Strip wherever you get your podcasts, or at https://rumblestripvermont.com/.
If you or someone you know is in crisis and may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.