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Catching Hell by Jay Dobyns

A True Story of Abandonment and Betrayal No Angel.  My harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels Catching-Hell-Story Jay Dobyns was hired by ATF on a Monday in 1987. 4 days later he was shot point-blank in the back by a criminal suspect. The bullet travelled through his lung and exited his chest. He was 26 years old. While in the hospital, he rejected offers from attorneys who promised millions of dollars in a…

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A Crack in the Armour by Jimmy Bremner

bremnerassociates.com “A Crack in the Armour”. Jimmy Bremner’s true story of strength and courage as an officer who fought to overcome Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and won. Along with his inspiring story. Jimmy is a 25-year veteran of the Toronto Police Service, has served as a member of Toronto’s Emergency Task Force and the Gun Gang Task Force. He is currently a training constable at the Toronto Police College.

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A Hero Lives in My Family: A Story for Kids of First Responders by Dr. Susan Hunt

A Hero A Hero Lives in My Family: A Story for Kids of First Responders – First Responders are Heroes! Helping Heroes include: police officers, emergency medical service providers (e.g., paramedics, ER doctors or nurses), firefighters, and military personnel. They save, help, serve, and protect others! This story is for kids of first responders to learn about their Helping Hero’s job and the various feelings it can bring about. At the end of the day,…

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After the Call; Mental Health Awareness for Families of First Responders by Nick Halmasy, MACP, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Mental Health and Awareness for First Responders hopes to begin the conversation around the role and its impact. This book explores the myths of mental health and first responders to implementing strategies to help mitigate the over all impact. The book discusses how to start a conversation with your family members, what to talk about versus not talk about, how to listen effectively, how to engage in self-care, as well as discussing the issue of…

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After the Sirens: to the Brink and Back by Paul Harnich Advanced Care Paramedic

“After the Sirens” is about the effects of emergency services stress and cumulative stress from the perspective of a paramedic and EMS educator. It is about the aftermath of stress related illness and ineffective stress and grief management, and about recovering from ill health resulting from the combined effects of home stressors, work stressors, and the premature end of a career in uniform.

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Broken: A Paramedics Battle with PTSD by Chris Mawson, Sharon Mawson

Broken “I was passionate about my work and fully committed to making a change to peoples lives. It was my dream job, full of excitement pumped with adrenaline and diversity. I was being paid to save lives. In reality as with any dream it comes at a price… Th constant exposure to traumas, murders,death, blood, bereavement and physical threat does have a profound affect. This is a true and confronting book outlining my highs and…

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Bulletproof Spirit: The First Responder’s Essential Resource for Protecting and Healing Mind and Heart by Captain Dan Willis

Bulletproof Spirit If you are a police officer, firefighter, EMT, ER nurse, or soldier, or you love one . . . This book can save your life Suicide, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, and many more emotional and stress-related problems plague the first-responder community. Hundreds of thousands of these brave public servants have unwittingly become victims of the professions they once loved. However, the suffering that results from a professional life of…

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Burning Down The House by Russell Wangersky

BurningDownTheHouse Burning Down the House is the story of Wangersky’s eight-year career as a volunteer firefighter, an experience that wound up reaching into every facet of his life and changed the way he saw the world forever. Written in vibrant, luminous prose, the book traces his years from rookie to veteran firefighter and the emotional and psychological toll it took on his personal life. Offering a rare glimpse into physical dangers and psychological costs of…

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PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving: A GUIDE AND MAP FOR RECOVERING FROM CHILDHOOD TRAUMA by Pete Walker

Complex PTSD- Surviving to Thriving I have Complex PTSD [Cptsd] and wrote this book from the perspective of someone who has experienced a great reduction of symptoms over the years. I also wrote it from the viewpoint of someone who has discovered many silver linings in the long, windy, bumpy road of recovering from Cptsd. I felt encouraged to write this book because of thousands of e-mail responses to the articles on my website that…

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CopShock by Allen R. Kates

copshock.com This second edition is a valuable follow-up to the first, with new chapters that carefully lay out what PTSD is and how officers can take steps now to “prepare for the inevitable.” Kates encourages officers to set up a support system before a critical incident occurs, which includes friends and family, peer counselors, therapists and support groups. Highly interesting is a new chapter (9/11) in which he discusses the dilemma of “delayed onset.” The…

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