Being a first responder comes with lots of unknowns. The life of a first responder can change dramatically and quickly when called to the line of duty. A regular shift can take on a whole new meaning with just one call. The law enforcement career of David James, Sargeant for the Richmond County Sheriff’s office, began in 1986. One day in March of 1990, David’s life and career changed forever.
First responders experience many trafic circumstances throughout their careers. As a result, many organizations work to create a space for first responders to talk about what they went through. Patrick Cullinan, struggled during the first part of his career in law enforcement, and lives to share his story, how his career has changed for the good, and discusses the importances of "coming clean".
Host Mark Ericson talk with Richard Lamphier about Project S.A.V.E, a division of the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. It's thru their program, and training efforts, that first responders were able to assist a 7 year old child in cardiac arrest.
Todd McAllister began his career as a first responder and transitioned to the sherrif's department after being inspired by his twin brother. The challenges of a first responder are many, but Todd has a strong sense of balance between those challenges and having respect for the relationships and bonds he's built while in the line of duty.
Columbus firefighter Scott Benjamin shares his experience about a recent rescue at a nearly frozen pond. Being a first responder means being ready whenever a call comes in, and Benjamin demonstrates his call to duty, and explains what's involved when a call of this nature comes in.
Currently, Robert Merner is the police chief of Portsmouth, NH. Just 5 years ago, he was one of 3 key officers and investigators involved in the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15th, 2013. Host Mark Ericson talks with Merner about his career, what happened that day, and what role he took in the investigation.
Columbus Firefighter Mark Rine was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma in 2012, doctors said he wouldn't live more than five years. He's still alive and still doing what he can to help other firefighters save themselves. This is his story.