Enduring The Badge

Enduring The Badge

The truth behind First Responders enduring trials on and off duty. Their personal accounts of how witnessing so much tragedy has taken a toll on their lives. Hear from their families about how it's impacted them. Learn how each of them have overcame these difficult times and personal insight. You will discover ways to thrive on and off duty. Acquire knowledge on how navigate the difficult transition from work to home. The show is hosted by Jerry Dean Lund with over 30 years of service behind the badge. He will be drawing upon his own personal experience of surviving those dark thoughts of suicide and on duty overcoming injuries. He is dedicated to empowering his fellow man to take action on their own mental and physical health. He is a Fire Captain/Paramedic currently working at the local fire department since 1990 and SWAT medic with the police department in Utah since 2009. Becoming a firefighter or police officer is not an easy process, and enduring each day the misfortunes, deaths, and accidents; changes a person forever. But it is the job of first-responders every day, aptly put in the following words: "Where your worst nightmare is just another day at work." Despite all the misfortunes, some humans with special hearts still choose this job, saving lives choosing others over their lives. People like Jerry restores the faith in humanity for how they risk their lives each day. His foremost experience as a first-responder takes us way back to 1990, where he was a volunteer EMT. He achieved his education to become a paramedic, and he was determined to help the people of his city. He has dedicated a significant part of his life to saving people, witnessing how people tend to act when they see death right in front of them, experiencing humans' vulnerability at worst. He is happily married for years now, with the love of his life and the father of six kids and two grandchildren. He enjoys his time outdoors with his family and plays sports. He travels whenever he can to experience the cultures of the world. Seeing them going about their day in their fashion is an amazing experience. In his free time, he watches documentaries about all religions of the world, understanding the essence of life and ideology behind this universe. Seeing other religions, how they perceive religion, how it influences their daily lives, and how it embodies them as humans is intriguing; it brings him closer to understanding the Higher power. His various experiences, starting from his first-ever experience as a volunteer EMT with city ambulance. Since then, he has been associated with the same industry but with different departments, upgrading his skills and doing courses to do better. More about Enduring the Badge Podcast. Working as a firefighter and paramedic, he experienced a lot, and sometimes it was a tad bit difficult to bounce back to the normalcy of life. He witnessed the firefighter/paramedics tend to be the type A, always tough ones. With this attitude, they all tend to become less expressive and bottling up all the emotions that need to be shared. Many first responders end up suffering from PTSD, and some even make the mistake of keeping the brave front and not asking for help. In the podcast, Jerry reaches all the responders and their families to come together as a community. He brings people from all walks of life, health care professionals, first responders, and psychologists who help cope with the process. While they talk about things of grave importance, they also talk about all things in life, like work, the wonders of life, and things that matter to each one of them. As a community, many individuals are unsure to ask for help and don't know how to cope. After listening to accounts of those who helped themselves or asking for help and how they come out of it, they may encourage some individuals. PTSD could be a small or even a huge problem; while it affects the individual, it also affects their families.

Episodes

October 3, 2022 56 min
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Chris is a qualified NLP practitioner and life coach. He’s passionate about making sure you don't burn out by learning your true internal purpose and identity so your life serves you instead of always serving it..

In 2017, after a career as an NZ Police Officer, that culminated in VIP protection, he realized that he wasn’t fulfilled in the way he needed to be and so made a massive life shift. After diving into self-development a...

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In this week's episode of Enduring the Badge Podcast, our guest is the Director Of U.S. Law Enforcement Relations JC Holt. In this episode, we talked about JC's mission to end sex trafficking and sexual exploitation with Operation Underground Railroad (OUR). 

Operation Underground Railroad is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to shine a light worldwide on the global epidemic of child sex trafficking, and in so doing ...

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September 15, 2022 3 min

BREAKING NEWS!  FIRST RESPONDERS!  SPECTACULAR OPPORTUNITY! 
As you all know, I have been involved in many different levels of the First Responders world for over 30 years. As a seasoned First Responder, the success in my career has come with a very “high price” to my physical and mental health. However, I have learned one thing and that is this: When opportunity knocks – open the door! I did and now I am so excited to share it with...

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Wayne Miller was a Special Agent, Criminal Investigator and Certified Fire Investigator for the U. S. Treasury, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for 25 years. He has been involved in numerous high profile criminal cases involving illegal firearms, bombings and arsons. He was also a member of the ATF National Response Team, responding to major fire and explosion incidents. For the past 17 years, in the private sector, Mr. Mil...

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In this episode, we are going to be discussing the 10 habits most couples with a healthy relationship have. These habits are especially effective even with demands that are hindering our relationship and pulling us apart from our significant other. You will also be surprised as to how most of these habits are common sense and aren't actually hard to attain if we have dedication.

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August 30, 2022 43 min

WTFrs are a group of individuals from all backgrounds, brought together by passion, purpose and spirituality!  They are a Social Riding Club with open membership. They are a supporter of those who protect us; our Military, Law Enforcement, and other First Responders as well as those who need protection such children in need in our community. 

WTFrs is a Texas based corporation with the goal of making a better and safer motorcycle co...

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In this week's episode of Podcast Shorts, I will be talking about an effective way to make your relationship a priority. I will be discussing the auto-suggestion method in a way that is beneficial to your relationship; may it be a marriage or any loving relationship you're in. Ultimately, our goal is to make our relationship strong and healthy.

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As I launch my new series in Enduring the Badge Podcast called Podcast Shorts, the pilot episode discusses the ways on how to make your relationship and mindset stronger that will allow you to have the best relationship and marriage. In this episode, I also will be talking discovering your truest, your inner wisdom and motivation that are all important aspects in shaping yourself. Podcast Shorts is a way for our listeners to also g...

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Dawn Reeby is the founder of Excellence in Analytics (EIA) and is an energized, subject matter expert, keynote speaker, trainer, seasoned law enforcement analyst, and coach. She is a certified professional with 24+ years of success in the development, integration, and growth of data-driven strategies in law enforcement. She is a highly sought-after strategist and high-performance trainer who has helped hundreds of individuals, ...

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My very special guest today is gonna educate you on why dogs are so incredible at giving love to first responders and Lena Strickland and her dog birdie. Which you're gonna see if you're watching this on YouTube, a beautiful dog and Lena is so sweet and kind, they make such a great team and they're going out and doing good and spreading love and just giving those first responders some positive emotion, some happiness wh...

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Michael Sugrue began his law enforcement career in the United States Air Force as a Security Forces Officer in 1998.  As a Security Forces Officer, Michael specialized in Law Enforcement, Global Force Protection, Anti-Terrorism, Nuclear Security, Foreign Air Field Assessments and Air Base Ground Defense.  

Michael served in a variety of assignments including: Flight Leader, Flight Commander, Senior Watch Officer, Chief of Command Po...

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In this episode with my very special guest AK Dozanti, we will learn about life saving wellness, and she's gonna talk about things of like rewiring your brain, making those neuro pathways that maybe have been, non-existent kind of putting them back into place. She's gonna talk about breathing and how important that is. And mobility, all these things play such a critical role in your lives that maybe we don't often reali...

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My personal views on leadership and what we could be doing differently. I feel that those we lead are the biggest asset in any organization. We need to listen to them without judgment and jump straight to giving them the advice to fix a problem. Please get to know them and celebrate their accomplishments on and off the job. Develop a culture that does this by putting some of these ideas into place to accomplish it. Failure to do so...

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My very special guest today is known as the financial cop, Nick Daugherty. He has got some great information that pertains to financial wealth and wellness that ties into your mental health. He's gonna teach you how to set up a basic budget and how to pay off those bills and get outta debt. So you have that financial freedom now, and when you retire, this is a great episode. It ties into that mental health aspect because there&...

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In this episode, Sierra will be talking about just more the empowering of women and her transformation over the last year.

Sierra has been with the Forest Service for 18 years. Her current position with the agency is Contracting Officer. She began working for the Forest Service in high school (work release) and all through college. While obtaining her college education, she worked various positions in the Forest Service including Pu...

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Nate Prussian retired as a Colonel from the US Army after 26 years, primarily serving in special operations units.  In his final assignment Nate commanded the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg North Carolina. 

Nate was drawn to Guardian Group through a desire to make a difference at home now rather than abroad.  Through his travels across the globe Nate saw time and again that women and children suffered terrible act...

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In this episode, we will have a conversation with Cliff Walker, a Gulf War Veteran serving six years with the United States Navy and a retired civilian Federal Firefighter/ Paramedic with the United States Navy, serving for 23 years. Cliff is also the CEO and Founder of the USS Battle Series. It is a functional fitness competition that would bring a new level of awareness in terms of health, fitness, and mental well-being for our M...

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For this episode, we will have Javier and Cathy Bustos. They're known as that Peer Support Couple. They are amazing, they are going to dive down into what it takes to have a healthy career. And that includes on an off duty with your relationship with your spouse especially. And we're going to also talk about what it takes to have a great career and end your career ready for retirement. And that means healthy. Just like when...

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In this episode, we will have Annette zap. She's got 30 years in health and wellness. And she has been a firefighter for 18 years. She's going to tie all that experience up into this podcast and tell you how you can lead a healthier and better life as a first responder. She has got some great tips and wisdom. 

In this episode, we can learn:

👉Why are departments falling so short when it comes to health and wellness;
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