Jan. 5, 2022

Story of a Trauma Response Team

Guests, Dawn Roy LCSW and EMDR Therapist, and Captain Jacques Roy speak about the birth of Fairfield County Trauma Response Team.


Story of a Trauma Response Team In this episode, we’ll be speaking with Captain Jacques Roy, of the Stamford CT Fire Department, and Dawn Roy, LCSW about Trauma in the Fire Service, Peer Support, Mental Health, and the birth of the Fairfield County Trauma Response Team.

In Stamford CT, on Christmas morning 2011, three young sisters and their two grandparents perished in a tragic structure fire. Captain Jacques Roy and 70 other Stamford firefighters fought the fire and retrieved the bodies of the victims, then struggled with PTSD and flashbacks in the aftermath. Seeking help, they found a huge gap for immediate, quality mental health services for the unique culture of first responders.

Captain Roy, whose wife Dawn is an EMDR Trauma Therapist, asked her for help, which eventually led to the birth of the Fairfield County Trauma Response Team, which offered Stamford firefighters CISM and immediate mental health care.

The FCTRT was again pressed into action with the Sandy Hook shootings, where they treated state troopers, police, FBI SWAT team members, clergy, hospital workers, students, and teachers. They also provided therapy to therapists.

Watch “Story of a Trauma Response Team” Wednesday, Jan 5th, 7pm ET with Capt. Jacques Roy (Stamford FD) and Dawn Roy, LCSW (Fairfield County Trauma Response Team) Responder Resilience podcast is hosted by Bonnie Rumilly, LCSW/EMT, Dr. Stacy Raymond, and Lt. David Dachinger (Ret.) on Wednesdays at 7pm ET.

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Jacques Roy

Fire Captain

Jacques Roy has 27 years of service with the Stamford Fire Department and 13 years as a Captain. He is a coordinator for the Stamford Fire Department Support Team and a member of the CT Firefighter Peer Support Network.

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Dawn Roy, LCSW

Member Fairfield County Trauma Response Team

Dawn Roy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and holds an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) credential and is a certified Mental Health First aid instructor.

Dawn has a background in assisting Public Safety First Responders, having provided trauma treatment using EMDR and other related evidenced-based treatment modalities following numerous traumatic events. Earning the respect of these first responders who are generally hesitant to seek help, Dawn is well versed with the sensitive nature of emergency services work.

Dawn currently maintains a private clinical practice in Fairfield, CT and is also a member of the Fairfield County Trauma Response Team, Inc. a team of licensed, seasoned trauma therapists trained in EMDR and disaster response.