Responder Resilience

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Copikaze — Managing Mission Impossible | S3 E22

May 31, 2023

Copikaze — Managing Mission Impossible | S3 E22

On the next episode of Responder Resilience, we’re joined by Tom Rizzo, Investigations Division Commander and author of the #1 Amazon Best-Seller "Copikaze: A Crucible to Manage Mission Impossible". Listen in as Tom shares his principles of self-discipline and how they can positively impact others. Don't miss out on this insightful conversation.

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Tactical Self-Care For Public Safety Professionals | S3 E21

May 23, 2023

Tactical Self-Care For Public Safety Professionals | S3 E21

Join us in this episode as we talk with Resilience Expert & Author at Pathfinder Resilience, Dr. Renee Thornton, about navigating adversity in the world of public safety. A U.S. Navy Veteran, Dr. Thornton has worked with numerous law enforcement agencies, focusing on improving individual health and its implications on recruiting and retention, risk management, and organizational behavior. Listen in to learn how to decrease the impact of adversity on and off the job, and even before it strikes.

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Better Call Paul—Supporting Responders in Crisis | S3 E18

May 03, 2023

Better Call Paul—Supporting Responders in Crisis | S3 E18

Join us on the next episode of Responder Resilience as we talk with Paul Jockimo, a veteran of 35 years in the fire service and Coordinator of the Westchester-Putnam Peer Support Team. We'll discuss how to support our fellow responders who may be struggling with issues like health, family, depression, or self-harm. We'll also explore taking action when one of our own is having difficulties, and the benefits of Critical Incident Stress Management. Don't miss it!

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Yoga to the Rescue: Restful Tools for Stressful Times | S3 E17

April 26, 2023

Yoga to the Rescue: Restful Tools for Stressful Times | S3 E17

Looking to enhance your well-being and job performance? Meet Wendy S. Hummell, a retired Detective, podcaster and Sheriff’s Office Wellness Coordinator who has been teaching yoga, mindfulness, and resilience to First Responders for the past six years. Her mission is to support them with the resources needed to thrive in their career and beyond. Tune in to Responder Resilience to learn more about Wendy's story and expertise.

Resilience Tools Law Enforcement Exercise, Meditation, Yoga, Reiki
Getting Past Your Past: Thriving After Adversity | S3 E16

April 19, 2023

Getting Past Your Past: Thriving After Adversity | S3 E16

Join us on Responder Resilience as we welcome former SWAT Operator and keynote speaker Laura G. Hanson. As the only female on the full-time SWAT Team in Virginia Beach for over 4 years, Laura has a wealth of experience to share. She'll discuss her memoir "Why I Went In," her work as CEO of Brain Bucket Coaching, and her passion for helping first responders lead fulfilling lives despite the inherent challenges of their jobs. Don't miss this inspiring conversation!

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Second Impact: Understanding Brain Injury | S3 E15

April 12, 2023

Second Impact: Understanding Brain Injury | S3 E15

👁️‍🗨️ First responders face many dangers on the job, including the risk of traumatic brain injury from assaults, vehicle crashes, falls, and explosive forced entry. Tune in to our latest episode, where we'll be discussing Second Impact Injury with former professional boxer Ray Ciancaglini and veteran Law Enforcement Officer Chris Belair.

Law Enforcement Traumatic Injuries
Revolutionary Medicine: Reinventing the Emergency Medical Response | S3 E14

April 04, 2023

Revolutionary Medicine: Reinventing the Emergency Medical Response | S3 E14

In this episode, Bonnie and David speak with Dr. Peter M. Antevy about managing mental health challenges at critical incidents, the story behind creating the Handtevy App, and how it saves lives and significantly reduces medication errors.

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Responder Retirement: Navigating Life 2.0 (Part 2) | S3 E13

March 29, 2023

Responder Retirement: Navigating Life 2.0 (Part 2) | S3 E13

In the second part of this mini-documentary, Responder Resilience continues the deep dive into the topic of first responder retirement. We are joined by a panel of twenty one retired or active first responders and resilience experts, representing law enforcement, the fire service, EMS, dispatch, animal control, and mental health clinicians.

Mental Health And Therapy Retirement And Transitioning Law Enforcement Suicide
Responder Retirement: Navigating Life 2.0 (Part 1) | S3 E12

March 22, 2023

Responder Retirement: Navigating Life 2.0 (Part 1) | S3 E12

In this two part mini-documentary, Responder Resilience does a deep dive into the topic of first responder retirement. We are joined by a panel of twenty one retired or active first responders and resilience experts, representing law enforcement, the fire service, EMS, dispatch, animal control, and mental health clinicians.

Mental Health And Therapy Retirement And Transitioning Law Enforcement
Family Matters: Managing the Psychological Costs of the Job | S3 E11

March 15, 2023

Family Matters: Managing the Psychological Costs of the Job | S3 E11

We’re joined by Giovanni Rocco, retired LEO and FBI covert operative and author of the book “Giovanni’s Ring: My life Inside the Real Sopranos”. Giovanni talks about the toll the job takes, and the unwitting sacrifices our spouses and children make as a result of the first responder profession. Giovanni discussed how his “double life” as an FBI undercover agent inside the Italian-American mafia impacted his loved ones and his own mental health.

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Blue Epidemic: Preventing Police Suicide | S3 E10

March 08, 2023

Blue Epidemic: Preventing Police Suicide | S3 E10

In this episode, Stacy and David speak with Dr. Olivia Johnson, Founder of the Blue Wall Institute www.bw-institute.com about police officer suicide. We do a deep dive into the root causes of law enforcement officers taking their lives, and examine Dr. Johnson’s “Fatal 10” of suicide contributing factors.

Resilience Tools Relationships And Marriage Law Enforcement Suicide
Humanizing The Badge: Inspiring Positive Change | S3 E9

March 01, 2023

Humanizing The Badge: Inspiring Positive Change | S3 E9

We’re joined by retired police sergeant Donna Brown, one of only five female officers hired in 1979 by the Tallahassee Police Department. Donna is passionate about humanizing the badge and first responder mental health. Donna retired in 2006 after a 26-year career, and became an author.

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Build Your Resiliency With Tactical Self-Care | S3 E8

February 22, 2023

Build Your Resiliency With Tactical Self-Care | S3 E8

In this episode, Bonnie and David speak with Rodger Ruge, published author and Certified Life Coach about building resilience within the first responder community. Rodger is a retired police officer, survivor of complex post-traumatic stress disorder and 30-year mindfulness and resilience practitioner, trainer and coach.

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A Happier Hour — The Journey to Recovery and Wellness | S3 E7

February 15, 2023

A Happier Hour — The Journey to Recovery and Wellness | S3 E7

We’re joined by retired firefighter and Account Executive at O2X Human Performance, John Vargo, who shares his personal struggle with burnout, anxiety, anger, and dependence on alcohol during his honest and raw interview with Bonnie and David. John describes hitting bottom, and finding his way out of the darkness.

Mental Health And Therapy Addiction And Recovery Exercise, Meditation, Yoga, Reiki
​​Life After EMS: Departure With A Purpose | S3 E6

February 08, 2023

​​Life After EMS: Departure With A Purpose | S3 E6

In this episode, Bonnie and David speak with Denise Beard, who began in EMS in 1992. We explore the pitfalls of burnout and compassion fatigue, what happens after you leave EMS, and how to move forward into a new mission and purpose after being a first responder.

Peer Support Mental Health And Therapy Stress And Burnout
Surviving Self-Inflicted Wounds  | S3 E5

February 01, 2023

Surviving Self-Inflicted Wounds | S3 E5

We’re joined by 30 year law enforcement veteran and Law Enforcement Life Coach John Kelly, an expert on breaking the cycle of self destruction. John developed a wellness / leadership program called “Sometimes Heroes Need Help” that addresses the personal, professional, financial, physical and mental health of the first responder. John talks about what happens when crazy becomes the new normal, and stopping the PTS and suicidal ideation slide from becoming an avalanche.  We explore taking responsibility, failing and getting back up, the caring of others and practicing self-care.

Law Enforcement Addiction And Recovery Work-Life Balance
Building Authentic Leadership Through Self Awareness | S3 E4

January 25, 2023

Building Authentic Leadership Through Self Awareness | S3 E4

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.

Leadership And Command
Innovative Leadership for a Culture of Wellness | S3 E3

January 18, 2023

Innovative Leadership for a Culture of Wellness | S3 E3

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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Protect Your Energy To Improve Your Performance | S3 E2

January 16, 2023

Protect Your Energy To Improve Your Performance | S3 E2

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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Leadership Matters: Breaking Down Barriers  | S3 E1

January 04, 2023

Leadership Matters: Breaking Down Barriers | S3 E1

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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