Jean Paul (JP) Piche

Peer Support – Firefighter/Paramedic

My name is JP Piche I have been married to my lovely wife Missy since 2005. We have three children together ranging from elementary to middle school ages. As a family we spend a lot of time in the hockey rink and horse stables cheering on our kids. On my off time I enjoy time with my family, the Colorado outdoors and working with my peer support dog. I began my career in EMS in 1999. Over the years I have progressed from the private ambulance services, to Denver Paramedics and now a proud member of South Metro Fire Rescue. I began my time as a peer support member in 2014.

 

Why I Became a Peer Support Member

 

My desire to join the team came after some of my own struggles with post traumatic stress, a family members suicide and watching fellow responders struggle. As responders we entered this profession for many different reasons along with the desire to help others. In helping others, we see some of the harsher elements of humanity and as time progresses those interactions can create mental distress within ourselves. I’ve seen people destroy their marriages, turn towards alcohol and/or drugs, I’ve had friends and a family member commit suicide secondary to the stressors in life and on the job. I believe that with all our hard work during our time on line we deserve to retire happy, healthy and mentally prepared to enjoy the fruits of our labors. I personally want to be there when my firefighter family members need help, be a shoulder to lean on and an ear to listen. As a peer support community, I want to see us support our firefighters during hard times and create an environment that is safe for individuals to tell their story and find comfort that will help them create resiliency and longevity in their lives.

Craig Spader

Peer Support – Firefighter/Paramedic

My name is Craig. I’m currently in my 28th year in the fire service. I served for 11 years in Illinois until moving to Colorado in 2002. I’ve been a Firefighter/Paramedic, EMT-Basic, Acting Engineer. I’m a member of SMFRA’s Wildland Team since 2004. I am also an RN with nearly 20 years of experience in a number of hospital emergency departments. I’m married to my best friend Catherine since 2001, and I have a daughter, Helen, from my first marriage. In my spare time I love to travel, both foreign and domestic, I built a Hot Rod, I’m a singer/songwriter and the “World’s Okayest Guitar Player”.

 

Why I Became a Peer Support Member

 

I joined Peer Support in 2017. One day I woke up and said, “Wow, 27 years! Where did the time go?” I took stock of the many and varied experiences I’ve had in nearly 3 decades and felt it was time to give something back. I guarantee I would not be here without the help and support I’ve received over the years, both official and unofficial. My philosophy on peer support is that I am your friend first and foremost. Nothing is more important to the human condition than experiences shared. At my age I’ve been through a lot, but by no means have I “seen it all”. Two marriages, a divorce, a child, a step child, and moved across country to start a new life. In Colorado I’ve had success and failure, both professionally and personally. I lost my mother to diabetes, lost my father-in-law to cancer, my uncle to suicide and some coworkers along the way. When I started in the fire service it was heart attacks and lung disease that was killing firefighters. Now it’s cancer and suicide. How times have changed. Well, I’m up for the challenge! I’m not too old to change, I’m not too proud to ask for help, and I know enough to know I can’t go it alone.

We only get one shot at this life, and YOU are the people I was given to share the ride with. I want to get to know as many of you as possible, and hopefully together we can make things a little easier for each other. Welcome to the family.

Jeremy Maginn

Peer Support – Firefighter/Paramedic

My name is Jeremy, I relocated to Denver in 2014 so my wife and I could raise our daughter near family. We love it here and couldn’t see ourselves anywhere else. My fire career started in 2006 with Los Angeles County Fire. After 9 amazing years, I began the next chapter here at South Metro Fire Rescue. The transition was motivated by my family’s needs, and although it was hard to leave the place I grew up and a tenured Fire Department, I have to say it couldn’t have brought me to a better place. I joined the peer support team in 2017.

 

Why did I choose peer support?

 

After seeing many more workmates take their own lives than the years that I have been a firefighter, I realized that the stress we face is a cumulative and permanent reality of our profession. However, post-traumatic stress is an injury just like a back or knee issue we can have after a 30-year career. We will all have some “added miles” physically and emotionally, but just like any other injury, post-traumatic stress is treatable and manageable. Experiencing low points in my career, I was reluctant, but was greatly assisted by peer support, and now I see how it can help you navigate times when you don’t feel like the real you or push through a rough spot. Someone helped pick me up when I was low, and now I can’t think of doing anything else for anyone in the same boat. I hope to help make peer support a regular part of our culture as early in our careers as possible, just like our commitment to physical fitness, health, and job-related education. To better ourselves before, during, and after our time together at South Metro. 

Paul Foulk 

Peer Support – Firefighter/Paramedic

Before coming on board with South Metro Fire, I worked for Littleton Fire Rescue for 10 years.  Prior to the fire service I served in the military.  I have been married to my wife for 14 years and we have 2 little girls keeping us very busy.  We spend most of our time traveling with our girls around the Midwest so they can race dirt bikes.  In between their races, I can usually be found in the garage rebuilding their bikes or in the mountains back country snowboarding.

 

Why I became a Peer Support member:

 

A few years back, my wife began to struggle with alcohol addiction and severe clinical depression that resulted in a suicide attempt.  After getting her to help, I waited too long to get help for myself.  I thought I could tackle everything on my own (typical FF/Medic mentality).  I was ashamed and wasn’t about to ask for help for fear of being judged.  I continued to get on the rig every day and kept running calls, which were also taking a toll on me.  I wasn’t making good decisions, I stopped sleeping and I was angry.  I was trying my best to make sure my family got help first while failing to address my own struggles.   After I did finally reach out, I felt like I was then placed into a mental health system that wasn’t set up for first responders.  I became very frustrated at the lack of resources specifically set up for first responders and at that time; there just wasn’t much out there for us.  I went to a few different psychologist that were a horrible fit.  Meanwhile still running calls (that were getting worse and worse).  Ultimately through a co- workers recommendation, I found a good psychologist and got what I needed.

As a first responders I live in a world of 30 minute problems, where I always have solutions, I have algorithms for everything, I’m usually successful and at worst; I always can get people to definitive care in 30 minutes or less.  So, when the problems lasted longer than 30 minutes, I began to realize that the things that made me good at my job, actually make me part of the problem at home.  It has baffled me, that if I am looking for a good “granite countertop guy”, I simply send an email out to the department and I end up with 10 to 20 awesome recommendations within minutes.  But if you are in need of mental health services it’s not that easy.  Mental health resources should also be that easy.  No one should go without assistance. 

Eric Ballard

Peer Support – Firefighter/Paramedic

My name is Eric Ballard, I am in my 19th year of Fire & EMS.  I am a Colorado native who grew up in the small town of “Kim” located in Southeast Colorado with the population of 70 people.   I am recently remarried to my wife Emily, who works at Littleton Hospital in the ED and is in nursing school currently.   My hobbies include hunting, fishing, shooting, camping, ranching, and hosting tailgating at Broncos games.  I also enjoy supporting our troops and learning more about American History.   I have two dogs that provide endless friendship and emotional support.   Their names are “Tye” and “Wayne”.  

 

I joined peer support for a couple main reasons.  I am carrying a character trait that is passed down my Mom who passed away this year.  She was the community emotional support go-to person.  She provided hours of listening and a shoulder for many to cry on.   It is an honor and privilege for the opportunity that I now must do the same for our brothers and sisters here at South Metro.  

 

Secondly, I have experienced some significant life hardships that include; a serious head on collision while driving overseas that nearly took my Mom’s life and leaving her permanently disabled.    Like many others in the fire service, I have been through a divorce.   Lastly, while in my 17th year I ran some emotionally traumatic and stressful calls that brought back a careers worth of bad calls.  Utilizing our extensive resources including peer support and our EAP counselors, I learned resilience and healthy stress coping techniques.  I am passionate about helping others work through their similar struggles and stresses and provide resources and support to them.  The main reason why I am working towards a promotion to Lieutenant is to be able to recognize when my peers are experiencing stress and hardship.   I will do my best to encourage the mental health of crew members to allow for a long career.   I will work towards helping our department improve the comfort level and vulnerability to talk and to ask for help.  We have an opportunity while hiring so many new members to provide them awareness and resources from day 1, that many of us were not provided when we were hired.   

 

Please reach out to me with anything and everything and I will do my best to assist you.   (Picture with Jeff Dill,  Founder of FF Behavioral Health Alliance and my hero)

Ben Obrien

Peer Support – Firefighter/Paramedic

Even though the fire service wasn’t my first career I’ve been at South Metro going on 21 years, 17 of which I spent as a medic. The district has changed immensely since my family moved into 31s district in 1976. I’m lucky to share a love of the outdoors, skiing, mountain biking and bird hunting with my 18 and 12 year­olds. As tough as it was, the end of my marriage spurred a lot of growth for which I’m grateful. The kindness and support given to me by my coworkers made me want to give back in the same way.

 

Why I’m on the peer Support Team

 

My interest in the team stemmed from my own journey through the challenges of life. Over and over I found that while the details are different we’re often united by how much we have in common. I’m on the team because I’m a better and more fulfilled person when I’m helping others I want the world to be a better place because I was here. While I am an enthusiastic geek when it comes to the science of positive psychology and how it leads to flourishing and builds resilience, I take pride in making people feel heard and helping them find their own wisdom.

Greg Weaver

Peer Support – Firefighter/Paramedic

My name is Greg Weaver, everyone calls me Weave! I have been married to the same little lady for almost 34 years. Right now we have three kids but they all are of the furry kind and can be let outside to use the bathroom.  We don’t have any of the children most people have, which was by our choice many years ago.  My Fire Service career started in 1988 as a Volunteer and shortly after that I was able to become a career firefighter. Very shortly after that, I got my Paramedic Certification and have been practicing since. I spent nearly 25 years with Englewood Fire Dept. before coming to Littleton Fire and I’ve been involved with many different aspects of the fire service.  I have a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, which is not enough education to make a living, but it was enough education to allow me to look into human nature and realize that the issues that people face are a product of internal and external situations, often times out of their control. 

 

Why do I want to be a peer support member?

 

I have spent many years helping people, whether it be on the job; teaching and training; or people reaching out to me, because they felt they could be comfortable with me and/or they could trust me.  I have had many calls that have made me look into who I am and how I treat people and I feel I have found a place of nonjudgement, caring, understanding, and empathy.  Two people in my life have impacted me and my ability to have empathy.  My father took his own life several years ago and really opened my eyes into the mind of someone who dealt with demons and internal issues.  The other person, whom I consider the most influential person in my life, is my wife Deb.  Deb has several medical issues that have turned her life completely upside down. She has to deal with chronic issues that don’t allow her to work, or travel, or have a “normal” life; however she looks at everyday as a “new normal” and she smiles through the pain and misery and she sees people for who they are and not what their issues are. Deb has helped me to see the same things in people and has made me realize it is good and important to help people, and that I can’t help everyone. 

My long career has not always had the backing of peer support, and because of that I have seen bad things happen to good people.  I realized that my personality, my desire to help, and my drive to help people make things better for themselves and those around them makes me passionate for this role. 

Michelle Herian

Supervisor of Construction Inspections

My name is Michelle Herian, I’ve been with South Metro Fire Rescue for 12 years and Orange County Fire Authority for 6 years. I’ve been a code geek my entire career, starting in the insurance industry evaluating the fire protection and life safety requirements for highly protected risk occupancies.

I’ve been in Colorado for 13 years and love being out in nature—you can find me visiting the same raptor nests (owls, golden eagles, etc.) year after year. For the last 12 years, I have followed and supported Wild Wings, Inc. and the Birds of Prey Foundation.

I’m the sole human in my home and share it with my fur babies. I am constantly working on my home with a project of some sort. I love entertaining and having theme parties.

I am a huge fan of music of many genres and play several woodwind instruments, when I was younger, I played the flute in an orchestra with a very strict Russian conductor. If he caught you talking during rehearsal you had to do 50 push-ups in front of everyone, I wasn’t good at push-ups.

I enjoy history and have a heart for Veterans. I am a member of the Colorado Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) and have recently become a member of the Mayflower Society.

The NSDAR led me to becoming a volunteer with Freedom Service Dogs of America (FSD). FSD is accredited by Assistance Dogs International (ADI). I work with the dogs every week and I am also on their Philanthropy committee. This organization is amazing, and I’m blessed to be a part of it. Helping veterans, autistic children and people with disabilities at no cost is what attracted me to this incredible organization—-I fall in love with these shelter dogs in training weekly!

 

Why I became a Peer Support Member

 

I really enjoy helping people who are in need. I am one of those individuals that will be there when “crap hits the fan”. People tend to naturally tell me things that are bothering them and seek understanding. I aim to be vulnerable and transparent with my own struggles as well.

I strive to be a good listener and realize that people in an office environment have family issues, work stresses, boyfriend/girlfriend issues, etc. and need someone that they can just talk to when it all becomes overwhelming.

I have a strong sense of compassion and can empathize easily with people going through hardships. I have had to witness my mother going through cancer and sat with her many hours while she underwent chemo. I also witnessed many others of all ages and different stages of cancer undergo chemotherapy treatment. It humbled me and changed me forever.

My hope is to continue to listen with compassion to others who are facing stressful issues in their life, whether it be work, family or some other very personal matter. If that can bring any amount of hope or comfort to someone; then that is something I want to continue that for the rest of my life.

Ben Sipe

Lieutenant Paramedic Peer Support

My Name is Ben Sipe I have been with Littleton since 2000. I am a Colorado native, born in Boulder. I met my Beautiful wife while we were both at the University of Colorado. We now live in Stapleton with our two children, who are in elementary and middle school. I have worked my way up in the department and spent time as a Firefighter, Paramedic, Paramedic Lieutenant, and the Captain (now Lieutenant with South Metro). I have time with Urban Search and Rescue Colorado Task Force 1, Wildland and Hazmat. I love spending time with friends and family, doing the typical Colorado things.

 

Why Peer Support?

 

I joined the team in 2018. I realized that mental health and emotional wellness in the fire service is very important. So many of the calls we run leave indelible marks upon who we are and affect our interactions with our families, co-workers and others. I have been on a school shooting, the tough pediatric calls, have had close relationships with co-workers lost to substance abuse, and seen the affect of major emotional trauma on someones ability to function. I know what it is like to feel the loss of a tough call and not be able to accurately work through it while trying to be at home and be a father. We all also deal with the regular stressors of job, money, relationships, parenting and others. I hope that I can help others with the struggles we all face. Peer Support is not professional counseling, but we are people very similar to you who have shared experiences. I will listen and do my best to help. We are also a friendly face, a confidential ear and a way to seek help that is above our ability as peers. We can help you find the help you need. I look forward to meeting everyone and getting to know you all.

Chris Macklin

Peer Support – Engineer/Wellness Manger

My name is Chris Macklin. I am a divorced father of two wonderful teenage children. I began my career at Reed Ambulance in 1990, moving onto the Denver Paramedics and subsequently South Metro Fire Rescue. I have 18 years in the primary role as a Paramedic or Firefighter/Paramedic, 7 as an Engineer and just completed my first year in Wellness. I joined Peer Support in 2012.

 

Why I Became a Peer Support Member

 

I chose to join Peer Support after a series of events in my career and personal life led me to a point of contemplating my own vulnerability and a desire offer direct support to my coworkers to prevent experiences I had. Like many of my peers in the Denver area, I responded to Columbine HS in 1999 as a Denver Paramedic. I entered the library with a WMFR and SMFR medic crew around 15:00 that afternoon. We all know what I saw, but that isn’t what got me. It was being forced to go to a “debriefing” immediately after going in service, run by people who were not my peers, and allowing visitors from almost any corner of DG to be present. It affected my inability to process and disclose what I saw and never allowed me the skill set to navigate that experience.

The question of the chicken or the egg comes to my mind, meaning what in the cycle came first, where did I get lost? Did the call trauma and inability to disclose events to my spouse in combination with my work schedule lead to domestic strife and an inability to assimilate at home? Or did my lack of emotional intimacy and isolation at home lead to a need to escape at work? YES, to both. We are on a cycle and for many of us it is difficult to pinpoint the beginning and end. We all have a storm on the horizon or in our past. I hope to offer grace and support to those I can while living in my own imperfection.

Joy Hall

Firefighter / Peer Support

I was born into a firefighter family and I am starting my nineteenth year on line as a firefighter.  My father worked as a Captain for Lakewood-Bancroft Fire Authority  (aka West Metro).  I worked in dispatch during the West Metro Fire merger, then, moved to Littleton Fire Dispatch in 1993.  At the time I was hired in Littleton, we were dispatching for a number of agencies (Castlewood, Littleton, Roxborough, Louviers, Parker and Cunningham), I stayed for seven years and then was hired as a firefighter.  Even though I have two younger brothers I am the one following my father’s legacy.  My father had died at a young age of a PE after hip surgery. While, I consider myself to be a family person, I am not married nor do I have any kids of my own but I have four wonderful nephews I am very close with.  

 

I believe strongly in loyalty, honesty, empathy, teamwork and having a good work ethic.  This is probably why I have chosen to walk in my father’s footsteps because the job allows me to have it.  It has also allowed me to be very social and have fun even though I had endured some rough times I was able to adapt.   I tend to be blunt at times but I promise I will listen to whatever you are going through and guide you anyway I can.  

Dan Corley

Lieutenant / Paramedic

Hello Friends, My name is Dan and I am glad that you have found this space. Like you, I have enjoyed a curious journey that brings us together. I grew up in the deep south, was raised by Protestant missionary parents with my high school years being spent in Chihuahua, Mexico. I spent some college years in Alabama & Nebraska and following a few years in various medical jobs, started my fire career in Norfolk, NE. Thankfully I married a Colorado girl and she brought me to the promised land! Together we have 4 kids: 1 with special needs, 2 adopted sisters from the CO court system and our youngest son who is my DH mountain bike and snowboard buddy. We have a small acreage on the east side and raise alpacas and llamas for their luxurious fiber, trekking and to support our oldest and the area special needs community with occupational opportunities. I’m a big fan of C.S. Lewis, Jean Varnier, Brene Brown, TED talks and R.A. Salvatore. And long walks in the forest with a llama…but I digress. I don’t love emotional trauma and the hard work it takes to process through the pain to get to the progress…but I do love having a healthy mind and heart and am willing to put in the time to support you any way I can. Peer Support is a real deal and I am grateful that we have trained professionals available to help us all continue becoming the best versions of ourselves…for ourselves, our families and community.

Bill Brown

Firefighter / Paramedic

“You go, we go!” In all seriousness, if I could help just one person, then all of this will have been worth it…

I had a bit of a rough upbringing as child; Coming from a divorced family, father was heavily involved in drugs & alcohol, in and out of prison; I got to see a ton of stuff perhaps a young child should not. As I entered into adulthood, I swore off certain things and vowed to never let anything get to me; Superman if you will. Well, it’s not that easy… While I have never done anything illegal, I have struggled at times with career, friends, even my marriage. It took a tremendous amount of courage & faith to speak up, so glad I did… It’s cool now but I’m just saying it’s ok to reach out and talk to someone. It certainly helped me. I’m here if ya need me.

-Married to the love of my life (Diane) for over 25 years…

-I have 2 adult daughters, both in college. One will be graduating this year from UCCS in Colorado Springs with a teaching degree and the other is a Freshman who plays colligate soccer for Minnesota State University in Mankato, MN pursuing a degree in criminal justice.

-Spiritual but not religious

-In the fire service since 1992 (volunteered with Glendale FD before hiring me in 1995).

-Practicing Paramedic since 1997

After all of these years, still love the job, I just know the grind it can have on you after awhile…

Chris Bredesen

Firefighter

My name is Chris Bredesen.  I was born and raised in Iowa and started my career in the Fire Service with Des Moines in 1999.  I moved out here to take the “job” with Littleton in 2001 and have been active on numerous special teams over the years.  I am divorced and have two Junior High-ish aged kids.  A girl and a boy.  I’ve always been physically active and love the Colorado outdoors.

 

What drew me to Peer Support?

 

I’m just a regular guy that has had my share of trials and tribulations with divorce, child custody issues, work related challenges and too many workers comp injuries/surgeries to list.

I “officially” started on the Peer Support Team in 2018 but like many of us, had been active in this role “unofficially” for years.  It was after being intimately involved with a members dire need that I sought out the team.  I wanted the training to make sure I could offer the best support that I could for our members if needed.  Over the years I’ve realized that we in emergency services need to effect change in our culture.  We need to work towards eliminating the stigma that many times comes along with mental health issues and can hinder us from getting the helping hand we all sometimes could use whether it be work, home related issues or often times the two intertwined to some degree.  I want to work to change our perception of seeing a therapist so that it is on par with us getting our body physically “tuned up” like any other physical/medical modality like a PT, Chiro etc.

Just like none of us are getting out of here without some physical injuries along the way, I believe none of are getting out without some level of psychological toll and we need to be proactive in caring for both to include “pre-hab” and “re-hab”.

Monte Fleming

Captain / Paramedic

Hi, my name is Monte Fleming. I’m a paramedic captain with Littleton Fire Rescue since 1994. I have five years of volunteer fire experience prior to being hired with Littleton. I’m also an eight year veteran of the U.S Army. 

I’ve been married to my loving bride and best friend since 1986. We have two grown daughters and seven grandchildren that we enjoy spending time with.

The above two paragraphs sound like a picture perfect situation however, I’m the first to tell you it hasn’t been easy. A young relationship starting out in the military is not easy. Low pay, the stress of deployment and raising children take its toll. The life in the fire service has its pitfalls as well. The stressors of the work schedule sleep deprivation and “rough calls” add up over the years. My family and I have benefited from the resources that are available within the mental health community on several occasions. 

 My family and I are active and involved in the community. We have a non-profit named Purple Heart Homes. We focus on adapting the homes of service related disabled veterans. We also assist first responders regardless of veteran status.

Feel free to give me a call if you want to talk or need assistance and direction to resources in our area. It’s great that we have the support in the fire service to live a healthy, wealthy and wise career.

Marissa Gettman

Engineer / Paramedic Peer Support

My name is Marissa Gettman and I am currently a member with the Peer Support Team. I have been a member with the fire department for 12 years. I’m a fire nerd at heart and absolutely love what I do. Away from the firehouse, I keep myself busy with leatherwork, enjoy getting out on trail runs with friends, any kind of workout, and farming with my brother and step dad.

 

I became a part of the Peer Support Team because I would like to “pay it forward” and help those who don’t know where to turn, or just need someone to listen. During my own struggles 5 years ago, finding someone to listen was the most difficult hurdle to get through. I don’t ever want to see a brother or sister go through the things I had to.

 

While on probation at Littleton Fire, I went through a very difficult time dealing with a call I had run that was very closely related to my father’s suicide at the age of 16. His death was something I didn’t deal with 20 years ago and this call hit too close to home for me. It brought up a lot of difficult things and sent me into a place that was extremely unhealthy. I wasn’t sleeping, my mind was spinning, I was drinking heavily, and not making good decisions in my personal life. I, unsuccessfully, spent a lot of time trying to deal with things on my own. I was lucky to find someone who could see that I wasn’t doing well and not coping and helped “send me through the system” to get me the help I needed to get back to being a healthy fireman. The process was difficult and long, but the rewards were great.

Angie Wren

EMS Supervisor

My name is Angie. This is my 16th year as a firefighter and 10 years as a paramedic. Prior to the fire service, I was a police officer, a detective, and part of the Littleton SWAT team. My husband’s name is Jeff and he is a police sergeant. We have two amazing boys, Wil and Jake ages 15 and 17. We really enjoy camping and exploring the outdoors on dirt bikes and ATVs. I’m looking forward to new opportunities and experiences as Littleton Fire Rescue merges with South Metro Fire Rescue in 2019.

 

Why I Became a Peer Support Member

 

With a combined total of 28 years in public safety, I have had many experiences that I have had to work through. Some of these became a very depressing time in my life, and through friends, was able to recognize the importance of getting help and support. In the past I’ve seen many people who were afraid to get help, and who thought that it made them weak. Some of those people ended their lives with suicide. A great lesson that I have learned is the importance of getting some support before the plate or the bucket gets too full. I am looking forward to getting to know our growing family and help to navigate this journey in any way that I can.

Andrew Mashburn

Firefighter

My name is Andrew, I married my lovely wife in October of 2018. We don’t have any kids yet but we are looking forward to our future together. I started my fire career in 2011 at Elk Creek Fire as a volunteer.  I spent two years working for Rural/Metro and started with Littleton Fire in 2014.  The majority of my time at LFR has been spent on different medic units.  I joined the peer support team in 2016. 

 

Why I choose peer support.

 

My desire to be a part of peer support started when I was dealing with some past experiences with a close friend’s suicide, a partner agency’s line of duty death, and a call that seemed to drag up all the memories.  I had a peer supporter reach out, share their experiences, encourage and guide me to find the help that I needed.  I learned that all it can take is someone to listen and maybe provide a little guidance to help.  My desire to pass that on has only grown from that day.  Prior to joining peer support and experiencing this support structure I always had a concern that I would be looked down upon or ignored if I said I wasn’t ok. I have discovered this is not the case.  I hope, we as an organization and I as a peer support member, are able to change the culture around first responder mental health and psychological health.  

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