This week I speak with Rob Sanderson, a retired Police Sergeant from the Lenexa Kansas Police Department. He started his career in 2003 with the Harrison County SO in Gulfport, MS.
Earlier last year, Rob founded the non profit organization, SWEL, which stands for Surf Waves Enjoy Life. Rob founded the organization with a group of like-minded veterans and first responders in order to fill a void in those communities. That void is options for positive outlets to aid in the processing of cumulative and acute traumas our nation’s heroes overcome in their career.
Rob knows first hand the positive impact surfing can have and has been taking regular surf trips with friends throughout his law enforcement career. Rob founded this evidenced based program to promote self-efficacy and healing for our first responders.
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Bill Mauro is an 8 year law enforcement veteran who has worked in corrections, patrol, and investigations. Bill started studying Stoicism in 2018 while working night shift. He noticed a parallel between this philosophy and policing and how applying the stoic virtues of wisdom, justice, courage, and temperance, improved his character and his attitude towards stress. Bill was so impacted by the benefits of the Stoic Philosophy that he wrote a book that was recently released, The Stoic Cop.
Bills own struggles, which he candidly shares in the book, inspired him to help other officers so that they may apply Stoicism not only to their daily work as police officers, but to their lives. His belief is that adopting this philosophy into your life is a great asset to one’s mental health.
Stoicism is a framework for living a meaningful life and living to your full potential
Bill has a Bachelors degree in Justice Studies and is currently working on an advanced degree in Justice.
Bill’s ability to take tangible examples of calls he’s been on and community interactions he has had and demonstrate the benefits of how the application of Stoicism is beneficial and how it helps improve self awareness and decision making.
The Stoic Cop: Link to >> Amazon
Bill’s email address: email@example.com
Meditations Marcus Aurelius: Amazon
On the Shortness of Life; Seneca: Amazon
The Daily Stoic, Ryan Holiday: https://dailystoic.com/
Episode #5: Healing Out Loud with Sarah Purcell – A story of overcoming grief and addiction with radical resilience.
On September 28, 2009, Sarah Purcell’s life changed forever. She received news that every police wife dreads. After only serving 18 months with the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office, her husband, Brian Etheridge, was shot and killed in an ambush style attack while responding to a false report of a larceny.
This episode could be difficult for some to listen to. Sarah shares the events of that day, the aftermath of Brian’s death for her and their young daughter, and her journey through grief and addiction. Sarah truly is an inspiration and the epitome of resilience.
Sarah is passionate about sharing her story and supporting other first responder spouses. She shares the events of that day with each recruit class in her community and their families prior to them graduating from the Academy with the intention of encouraging communication with your spouse and to keep Brian’s memory alive.
ODMP (Officer Down Memorial Page) https://www.odmp.org/officer/20074-deputy-sheriff-brian-scott-etheridge
Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS): https://www.concernsofpolicesurvivors.org/
Sarah’s Instagram: Sincerely_sober_sarah
Alcoholics Anonymous: https://www.aa.org/
Olivia Mead is the founder and Executive Director for the non-profit organization, Yoga For First Responders. Olivia is is a life-long yoga practitioner and has been teaching yoga since 2003. Olivia saw the need to design a program to specifically address the needs of First Responders by applying the ancient wisdom of yoga. She developed the Yoga for First Responders protocol which is culturally informed and job specific. The program was developed to help first responders to build resilience, enhance performance, and process stress.
YFFR YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBU0mRTMl-GkNjo8AAS92iw
DISCOUNT CODE FOR CYBER ACADEMY: GunsAndYoga https://cyberacademy.yogaforfirstresponders.org/
DISCOUNT CODE FOR THE RESILIENT WOMEN LEADERS CONFERENCE: GUNS20
Developing Firefighter Resiliency: Link to >> Amazon
Tactical Tip Tuesday is a weekly microcast where we will share a tip, tool, or dose of inspiration for the week ahead.
This week: Wired for Connection
During our conversation, we talk about the impact secondary trauma has on first responders, peer support, childhood adversity, the importance of self-care, and retirement. Darren addresses the need to implement robust systems to follow up on initial resilience training.
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BLUE HELP: https://bluehelp.org/
His email is Darren.Ivey@gmail.com