by Bob Rabe A college professor once asked the class, "How heavy is a glass of water?" The professor received several answers, but the professor replied, "The weight doesn't matter, it depends on how long you try to hold it. The longer you hold it, the heavier it becomes. That is, until you put it … Continue reading Crisis as Opportunity – Critical Incident Stress Management
by Ross Beckley One of the darker and more difficult days I have had to endure in my career was attending “Shadowland”. Located in the middle of an industrial area in the heart of a major city, surrounded by a high security fence, the building is an older style warehouse with no signage. It appears … Continue reading Shadowland
Reverend D. Dean Young Senior Chaplain and President Pinellas Chaplains’ Association Inc The day had been a pleasant one, I had spent it with my family preparing for Christmas festivities. I was holding my youngest son when the alert went off. It said: Signal 7, PD/EMS Involvement, veh vs mc, engulfed in flames. The location was … Continue reading Living Someone Else’s Worst Day
by Robert Cubby Christmas 2016. This was my first Christmas without my wife who died November 1, 2016. Trying to prepare myself for that reality was difficult. I tried to juggle putting on a “happy” face for my sons and family while, at the same time, trying to remain as upbeat as I could and … Continue reading First Christmas
by Joye Atkinson Unless you have walked in my shoes don't say you understand If you've never fought a battle in a foreign land There are no words that can describe the hell we went through Yet we remained on the battlefield to defend this land for you We were taught to shoot and kill … Continue reading PTSD IS REAL!