Physical Fitness: A key to officer survival and wellness

I’ve long believed that being physically fit helped save my life.  In April, 2013, I was shot responding to Watertown to back up officers involved in the takedown of the Boston Marathon bombers.  I bled out on the street, arrived at the hospital in cardiac arrest, and very nearly died.  The COPS Office recently published a study that reaffirms this for me and talks to some of the programs departments around the country have put in place to support police officer fitness.

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What’s Important Now?

I just returned from WINx Chicago -an amazing TED-style event geared toward police and law enforcement audiences.  The acronym WIN stands for “What’s Important Now,” a theme that was introduced to me by my friend Brian Willis, who also helped put on the event.  Just as I returned from the trip, I realized that many of the concepts that the speakers talked about are important in all of our lives, and remind us about what truly is important now.  Here’s just a sample:

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