First Responders

  • 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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  • Blindsided: Police Retirement

    May 18, 2015

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

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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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  • The Trouble with Sleep: A hidden hazard to firefighters’ health

    December 30, 2014

    Firefighting trains us to sleep light and wake at a moment’s notice with our physiology on alert. Those habits don’t exactly play […]

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  • What is the Share The Load Program?

    October 22, 2014

    Being a firefighter comes with a ton of tremendous rewards. The brotherhood we share is unparalleled in any other profession. We sacrifice […]

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  • Peer Support Programs Can Address Mental Health Issues

    October 14, 2014

    Police officers are expected to protect and serve our communities, but who protects them and their emotional welfare? So often, mental health […]

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