I just finished watching “Officer Involved” this morning, a documentary about officers who have had to use deadly force in the line of duty. The film gives insight into the effects of being involved in this type of incident and its fallout on police officers. It truly gives a look into the human aspect of wearing a badge and being faced with difficult and deadly encounters.
Officer Involved Project
The first six months of 2017 flew by, between school, training sessions, and family life. Finally, the summer has come along with (some) time to relax. This spring I had the opportunity to travel around the country to share my story, and I often learned more from police officers and other audience members after I spoke. I’ll share a few of the quotes today.
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.
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:
A New Discussion in Police Training
October was a busy month, but I truly saw some of my hardest work pay off. A big first for me was training with Chris Dumont, a Trooper with the Massachusetts State Police. Chris and I go back to 2013, on the fateful night where I was wounded in the line of duty. When we “met,” I was in dire condition. Luckily for me, Chris is a trained paramedic and he jumped into action, making critical decisions that saved my life.