Philip Sheldon is currently a Niagara Regional Police Officer. Being a former reservist as well as volunteer firefighter in St. Catharines, Phil has dedicated 27 years to giving back to his community. On July 5th, 2015, Phil was involved in an incident at work that left him in a coma for 1 ½ months with scars on 62% of his body from 3rdand 4th degree burns that required total body skin graphs. He has been diagnosed with complex PTSD and now advocates for First Responders and Veterans who have PTSD and provides funds to help get different treatments for them and their families, through his and his wives not for profit, Refuse to Lose Against PTSD. Philip has done several speaking engagements on PTSD along with his wife, Tanya (the forgotten heroes). He has received several awards such as 1993 Top Candidate Award (Lincoln and Welland Regiment), 2015 NRPS officer of the year, 2016 PAO Hero of the year, 2018 NRPA officer of the year, 2018 Badge of Life Canada Difference Maker, 2018 Canadian Star of Courage, 2018 NRPS Board of Director’s Award of Excellency (for his work with his not for profit, Refuse to Lose Against PTSD).
Philip attended parliament in the summer of 2018 to speak with MPP Todd Doherty regarding Bill C-211 the day before it was unanimously passed. Phil and Tanya have raised over $30,000 for different charities over the last few years and continue to do so. Philip speaks routinely to new recruits for the NRPS as well as OACP, CBSA, Peel, London, Ottawa, Waterloo and at numerous other speaking engagements throughout Ontario.
Philip is currently enrolled at Brock University where he is planning on earning his PhD in Psychology. He plans on using this to help other First Responders and Veterans who live with PTSD or other occupational stress injuries, as a clinician specifically for First Responders. Philip and Tanya are continually active within the community and abroad to ensure no one must go through alone.