Whether you are a firefighter, EMT/Medic, dispatcher, in law enforcement, or are a proud supporter, you won't want to miss the next episode of a compelling new podcast called RESPONDER RESILIENCE. This unique and highly impactful web-based talk show interviews some of our community's finest heroes who offer insight on the most critical issues on the job, while providing viewers with a front-row seat on what being a responder truly means.

Recent Episodes

Bonnie and David speak with Chief Albe Bassett of the New Canaan, CT Fire Department about the importance of self-awareness and self-leadership. An accomplished leader and instructor in the Connecticut fire service community, Chief Bassett talks about core values and the key qualities of authentic leadership.

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We’re joined by Neil Gang, Chief of the Pinole, California Police Department since 2014, who has served in law enforcement for over 34 years. Neil is the author of the Asher Model 7 Point Approach to a Culture of Wellness, and the host of the 6th Pillar Podcast. His innovative work as a law enforcement leader has been featured in several national Police magazines.

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Our guest, Peter Benson, has created Tensor-Ring Energy Pendants designed to protect your energy field, give you a shielding effect, and promote a sense of calmness. Peter explains how he developed the pendants and a shielding/balancing anklet, as well as the different purposes and benefits of each.

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Our guest is Jonni Redick, a retired Assistant Chief with the California Highway Patrol, and a 29-year veteran of one of the largest police agencies in the country.

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How can responders succeed in a world where we are often working multiple jobs, handling high call volumes, working under staffing shortages, or just trying to get through one shift at a time? We’re joined by Dr. Donnie Hutchinson, a Work-Life Balance instructor who works with firefighters, law enforcement officers, and other first responders on self-care and work-life balance programs, to improve their success at home, work, and in life.

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Our guest is Captain Rommie Duckworth, career fire captain and paramedic/EMS Coordinator for Ridgefield (CT) Fire Department, author, speaker, and educator.  We talk about personal experiences with trauma that demonstrate the importance of getting help, and how officers and department leaders can stay current on available mental health and wellness resources.  Also, we discuss differences between generations of responders and their openness to seek help.

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About the Hosts

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Lt. David Dachinger (Ret.)

Executive Producer | Host

David Dachinger is a retired Fire Lieutenant and EMT with over 21 years as a leader in emergency services. He has written department policy, instructed fire/rescue training, and created fitness and wellness initiatives. As a fire officer, he frequently served as Shift Commander and Incident Commander.

A two-time Grammy Award® nominee, David was a mixing engineer and producer, collaborating on numerous albums with artists such as Roberta Flack, Usher, Celine Dione, and The Isley Brothers.

David has been a survivor of stage IV cancer since 2014. His first-hand experience undergoing cancer treatment profoundly altered the landscape of his life and inspired him to be an advocate for firefighter wellness. He is a two-time international bestselling author featured in Cancer: From Tears to Triumph, and bestselling co-author of the book Live Calm With Cancer (...and Beyond). David and his wife Tamara created the Loving Meditations app, which provides mobile mind-body wellness tools such as meditation and music to elevate quality-of-life for all those touched by cancer, including patients or caregivers.

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Bonnie Rumilly, LCSW / EMT

Host | Licensed Clinical Social Worker | EMDR Trauma Therapist

Bonnie Rumilly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in the treatment of Adults, Adolescents, Children and First Responders. Bonnie worked in Newtown treating Trauma directly after the Sandy Hook School Shootings and is an EMDR therapist. She is a Board Member of the Fairfield County Trauma Response Team, Inc., which treats First Responders for PTSD and Trauma. Bonnie is also a 21-year Emergency Medical Technician, and retired Chief of her EMS agency.

In addition to hosting Responder Resilience, Bonnie co-leads a weekly peer support group for first responders along with Dr. Stacy Raymond.

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Dr. Stacy Raymond

Host | Clinical Psychologist | Approved EMDR Consultant

Stacy Raymond is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice for nearly 24 years. She is a trauma specialist and an Approved Consultant in EMDR. The daughter of a retired police officer and US Marine, Stacy dedicates half her practice hours to working with First Responders and Military Veterans. In 2020 she created Responder Wellness Inc—a non-profit charity for EMS, Police & Fire. Stacy co-leads a weekly free Peer Support Meeting for first responders, along with Bonnie Rumilly.