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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Upcoming Event: IACP Conference, October 15, 2016
I am excited to announce that Trooper Chris Dumont and I will be presenting at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference this October. Our presentation talks about the reality of officer survival, both in terms of tactical medicine and impacts after the fact. For me, it hits home as Chris was by my side in my worst hours, but he helped me pull through and we are friends for life. Read More
I never gave blood. I didn’t have a “good” excuse and couldn’t think of a reason to donate in the past–it just didn’t happen for me. Thankfully, there were people who made it a part of their lives to donate blood. On April 19th, 2013, I would not have survived without blood supplies and transfusions. The heroes who came out after the Boston Marathon bombings to donate truly helped save my life.
It wasn’t until 2014 that I thought about the concept of resilience. A retired military officer mentioned the term while speaking about the challenges I have faced in recovery. It took some time to sink in before I started to look inwardly and conceptualize “resilience” on my own, and even longer until I began to speak about it. Read More
Good evening. Thank you Academy Director May, members of the MPTC, academy staff, as well as soon to be Officer Timmerman for extending me this invitation. It’s an honor to be asked to speak at your graduation. This is my first opportunity to address a group of police officers as a retired police sergeant now, so I am truly humbled. Read More