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.
Physical Fitness: A key to officer survival and wellness
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: