I Was Not Able to Protect My Daughter

by Peggy Sweeney The Sweeney Alliance Author’s Note: Several years ago, a detective from a metropolitan police department sent me an email concerning the death of his 17-year-old daughter. She had been brutally murdered by her boyfriend and the anniversary of her death was fast approaching. Vince was struggling with several grief issues, one of which was … Continue reading I Was Not Able to Protect My Daughter

Line of Duty Death

by Peggy Sweeney Local newspaper headlines report the sad news of another fallen hero. The tragic death of a brave firefighter or police officer who has died in the line of duty. A dedicated professional who sacrificed his or her life that others may live or that homes and property would be saved from the ravages … Continue reading Line of Duty Death

10th Anniversary, a Tragic Story

by Tim Trickey Captain, AEMCA Advanced Emergency Medical Care Attendant [Paramedic] Editor’s Note: Tim wrote this article for our Grieving Behind the Badge newsletter to help emergency responders cope with tragic calls, but most importantly, to share how he copes with depression and post traumatic stress disorder. I was asked by a very dear friend of mine that … Continue reading 10th Anniversary, a Tragic Story

There Are No Winners

by Sgt Robert Ruth City of Saginaw (MI) Police Department Editor’s Note: Sgt Ruth shares his story of how the murder of his friend and co-worker’s teenage daughter changed the dynamics of being a police officer. I have put a lot of thought into what has happened to Vince Sanchez over the past 13 years. … Continue reading There Are No Winners

Twelve Years Later, the Healing Continues

by Vince Sanchez Editor’s Note: In the May issue, I featured a story about the murder of Vince’s daughter, Coco: I Was Not Able to Protect My Daughter. Today, he shares some of what he has learned on his journey through grief. There is no stopping grief. If you try to fight it or ignore it, grief … Continue reading Twelve Years Later, the Healing Continues