First Responders

  • Alcohol Run: Barry the Bum

    December 18, 2015

    “Barry, you’re nearly sixty,” I said. “You have to stop drinking.” It was mid-day, the week before Christmas, and Barry had been […]

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  • The Missing Link: Sobriety and Spirituality

    September 16, 2015

    Sobriety and Spirituality “A life of sobriety, for the sake of sobriety only, does not a contented person make.” The first time […]

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  • “My name is … and I’m an Alcoholic”

    August 28, 2015

    The sense of freedom gained from stating that sentence in public is a better high than every substance designed to avoid living […]

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  • Making Police Retirement Better

    May 28, 2015

    Four Proposals for Healthier Retirement As mentioned in our last post, among all the professions, police retirement is particularly difficult. Giving up […]

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  • Blindsided: Police Retirement

    May 18, 2015

    Retirement is not always kind to cops Forty retired police commit suicide per year, according to, a site dedicated to arresting […]

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  • Fighting Back from Addiction

    March 13, 2015

    My name is Ryan, a 33-year-old former police officer; I’m also a recovering alcoholic and addict. It’s been a long road. Though […]

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  • Suicide in the Ranks: Firefighters Moving in the Right Direction

    March 4, 2015

    “Mike was one of my best firefighters — a veteran of more than 20 years — one of those guys a chief […]

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  • The Challenges of the Firefighter Wife

    February 6, 2015

    The firefighter wife or partner faces significant challenges. Among the most highly visited blogs a few years back was one titled “18 […]

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  • EMS workers, how to deal with stress

    January 14, 2015

    How to deal with stress on and off the job. The last blog looked at factors, such as stress, that become health […]

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  • EMS Responders – The Stress is Killing Us

    January 7, 2015

    EMS Responders – The Stress is Killing Us If you, as a child, told people you wanted to work in Emergency Medical […]

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