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Where are you Hiding?

Where are you Hiding?

Do you remember playing hide-and-seek? After the first game or two you know who you wanted to play with again, you know who was fun and who wasn’t. You knew who you could beat and who you couldn’t. In our childhood innocence, we didn’t want to play with the kid that...

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Policing is a Strange Job.

Policing is a Strange Job.

Policing is a Strange Job. I was just walking into a restaurant to order lunch when I heard the call.  “Woman not breathing.” Then I heard the address.  Less than a mile away from me.  I took a moment to pause. I’m in a specialty unit.  I drive a patrol vehicle, and I...

#IWillListen ; #IWillTalk

#IWillListen ; #IWillTalk

The Invincible First Responder #IWillListen ; #IWillTalk #IWillListen ; #IWillTalk. The alert tone comes across the radio and dispatch announces that a criminal is in the street, carrying a fully automatic rifle and asking for you by name; or that a 50000 sq foot...

Responder Readiness Workshop – San Antonio, TX

Responder Readiness Workshop – San Antonio, TX

32-Hours of training made possible by FirstNet - Built with AT&T. San Antonio, TX - From January 10 - 12, Joe Willis and Steve Hough conducted a Responder Readiness Workshop hosted by Bexar County, Fire District 7. Denise Thompson, the District's Wellness Director...

If There Is No Wind, Row.

If there is no wind, row. (Latin Proverb) It sure is nice when there is wind, but when there isn’t we have two choices.  Sit dead in the water and await our fate hoping for another wind or choose to row.  The number of ways this proverb relates to First...

Talking to First Responders Stress and Burnout

Talking to First Responders Stress and Burnout

It's time we had a conversation about Talking to first responders stress and burnout. The stress and trauma first responders face every day becomes quite a heavy load to carry every day.  First responders have a greater likelihood of suicide, PTSD, insomnia and...

The Thin Line

September 11, 2021 It is popular amongst first responders to use thin colored lines usually displayed as flags or stickers to represent their chosen profession, but what do they mean and where did they come from? The first known use of a “Thin Line” reference was...

Speaking to Police Recruits in Joliet, IL

Speaking to Police Recruits in Joliet, IL

Joliet, IL - Christy Lister, the state representative for Blue H.E.L.P. Illinois is a frequent guest speaker for recruits. Christy lost her law enforcement husband, Kenneth Lister to suicide June of 2019 and is committed to saving other families from enduring what...