ATO: BRIDGING THE DIVIDE

ATO: BRIDGING THE DIVIDE

The first responder community is stronger when they understand and support each other. Follow veteran Dallas Police Officers and Assist the Officer Foundation members Joe King, Misty VanCuren and Danny Canete as they provide a stage to all first responders and their many incredible supporters to tell their stories of heroism, struggle, and redemption. Instagram: ato_bridging_divide ATODALLAS.org Contact us at atobridging@gmail.com #firstresponders #mentalhealth #policestories #firefighters #firstresponderpodcast #dallaspolice

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August 2, 2022 68 min

FOCUS - INSPIRE - TRANSFORM

The ATO is honored to sit down with one of the owners, the great Aaron Conner, of Legends Fit Gym in Rockwall, Texas.

Aaron is a co-owner, along with Chip Kelley and T.J. Clark, of this true first responder gym and they are dedicated to providing a welcoming haven to all walks of life and especially the military and first responder community.  From the moment you walk in the door you see Police, Fire, ev...

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Hello friends

This our third message with the great Misty Vancuren and Joe King We want to give the listener a heads up on more upcoming episodes and say Thank You.  In this message we preview our “rookie” episode with Rodney Harrison. There will be singing involved with this guest.  We speak on the Dallas SWAT Dr. Metzger episode in which he discusses several critical incidents as well as the city’s Covid and Ebola response.  The ...

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Episode 41 Lance Crawford #5818

”learned how to turn the squad car into a learning environment “

The Assist the Officer Foundation is proud to sit down with a true Dallas PD legend in Sr. Cpl Lance Crawford.

Lance hired on Dallas PD in 1988, one of Dallas PD’s most deadliest years, in which the Dept lost seven officers in a 12 month period.

Crawford was the epitome of what a field training officer, FTO, should be as he took extra c...

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On July 7th 2016 five Officers were killed and nine others were wounded during a protest in downtown Dallas Texas. Two civilians were also injured during this cowardly attack as it was the deadliest incident for law enforcement since the September 11th 2001 attacks.

This event has affected so many lives in so many ways as wives were made widows, friends had to salute the flag draped caskets, children lost their fathers, and the men...

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Episode 40

”Command, Control, Communication “

The History and Evolution of Dallas SWAT: Part 2

This episode is the conclusion to the history of Dallas SWAT. We touch on the failed February 1993 Dallas Cowboys’ Championship parade. This incident magnifies mob mentality as a celebratory day turned to rioting when agitators swayed Cowboys fans.

We also tell the story of a car jacker from January 24, 2006 that held a female driver, a...

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EPISODE 39

“Once the threshold is breached…we push on”

THE HISTORY AND EVOLUTION OF DALLAS SWAT: PART 1

The Assist the Officer Foundation is proud to sit down and tell a story of one of the most recognized units in the history of law enforcement.

The acronym SWAT is known worldwide as it has been romanticized in tv as well as movies since the 1960’s. However real life is not pretty and the world of SWAT

is not beautiful and the ac...

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June 28, 2022 8 min

Hello friends

This our second message and we have a new guest cohost…. We want to give the listener a heads up on more upcoming episodes and say Thank You.  Special thank you to Surah for her incredible feedback and supporting us. If you have an idea…..gripe…..guest or topic suggestion let’s us hear from you at Atobridging@gmail.Com.  Also if you want to look up information on the ATO and donate to our cause in helping your fi...

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Episode 38

The Assist the Officer Foundation sits down with one of the most genuine human beings that Dallas PD has to offer.

Kevin was born in Orange County Texas and grew up in Houston and became a die hard Astros fan. Living a fans dream in becoming a Houston Astros batboy then climbing that sports fan  ladder and becoming an Assistant Equipment Manager for the Houston Rockets.  Kevin finally pursued his dream to go into law enf...

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June 16, 2022 17 min

Hello friends

This is just a little message from our hosts to talk about the Assist the Officer Foundation and some podcast projects we have in the hopper.  This is also an opportunity for us to talk directly to the loyal listeners and tell you thank you and we want to hear from you.  If you have an idea…..gripe…..guest or topic suggestion let’s us hear from you at Atobridging@gmail.Com.  Also if you want to look up information...

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EPISODE 37

The Assist the Officer Foundation is honored to sit down with the Texas Radio Hall of Famer Mike Rhyner as he shares his many stories on the history of Dallas, Texas that span seven decades of change, tragedy, and reform.

Born in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas in 1950 Mike observed so many changes from the Civil Rights Movement, the Kennedy assassination, the birth of the Dallas Cowboys, to the creation of the national rad...

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Episode 36

Dallas Police Department Deputy Chief Teena Schultz

”We have tomorrow….”

Straight from Council Bluffs Iowa Teena always has had a passion for helping others and being a protector for those who could not protect themselves.

Teena had a childhood hero….a person that grew up in a small town, was raised by parents of high character, had impervious skin, was faster than a speeding bullet, could leap tall buildings in a single...

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EPISODE 35

DALLAS PD SEXUAL ASSAULT DETECTIVE ALAN HOLMES

”Show me the survivor, I’ll show you the suspect “

IN 1887 SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE  INTRODUCED THE WORLDS GREATEST DETECTIVE IN SHERLOCK HOLMES. HOLMES WAS KNOWN FOR HIS USE OF FORENSIC SCIENCE, DEDUCTIVE REASONING THAT BORDERS ON THE FANTASTIC. THE CITY OF DALLAS HAS THEIR VERY OWN DETECTIVE HOLMES….ALAN HOLMES.

GROWING UP IN BROOKLYN NEW YORK, COMING FROM A FIRST RESPONDER ...

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EPISODE 34

OKLAHOMA CITY POLICE DEPT BRIAN “PICK” PICKLO

“ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS SURVIVE”

The Assist the Officer Foundation welcomes on one of Oklahoma City PD’s finest in Brian “Pick” Picklo.

Brian’s story in becoming a lawman took a much different path as he also is a 2 time All American wrestler for the Michigan State Spartans and was the Big Ten Champion in the 190 pound weight class in 1996.  In a testament to his rugged refusa...

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EPISODE 33

DR. CHASE TWEDELL AND NATE BORUNDA OF F1RST& SPORTS ACADEMY

“Your body IS your job”

Chase@F1RST.org

PERFORM-ENDURE-RECOVER

Today the bridging the divide crew sits down with Dr. Chase Twedell and Nate Borunda of F1rst and Sports Academy.

F1rst and Sports Academy have teamed up as partners to commit to care for the first responder community. they take a unique and holistic approach to treat first responders as they...

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“Just don’t give up….” 

Dallas Officer Rogelio Santander

End of Watch: April 25th 2018

On April 24, 2018, two rookie officers responded to police call for service at a nearby Home Depot to begin their shift. This call had no detailed information and most likely was a shoplifter detained by a loss prevention officer.   These two officers were classmates in the academy, the best of friends, and partners, no matter how brief. They wer...

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"Your reputation isn't what you think of yourself, it's what others think of you."   At the request of many people, the guest microphone is turned around on the founder of the "Bridging the Divide" podcast:  Joe King.  The 2010 Patrol Officer of the Year and the 2017 Police Officer of the Year for the Dallas Police Department, Joe King is asked to share details of his life and career starting from early chil...
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POLICE WARRANT SERVICE DEFINED… PART 2 FEATURING MATT SMITH OF DALLAS SWAT

In this episode the Assist the Officer Foundation shifts gears from highlighting an incredible first responder career to taking on one of the most controversial and misunderstood topics in America today.

This is part two of a two part episode that discusses NO KNOCK WARRANTS AND SURROUND AND CALL OUT tactics used in police enforcement from two very high prof...

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POLICE WARRANT SERVICE DEFINED… PART 1 FEATURING Dallas PD Narcotics Detective MATT BANES AND Sgt JERRY GIRDLER

In this episode the Assist the Officer Foundation shifts gears from highlighting an incredible first responder career to taking on one of the most controversial and misunderstood topics in America today.

 

This is part one of a two part episode that discusses NO KNOCK WARRANTS AND SURROUND AND CALL OUT tactics used in pol...

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EPISODE 28

BASKETBALL HALL OF FAMER NANCY LIEBERMAN

Born in Brooklyn New York, Nancy moved to Queens shortly after  and was raised by her single mother. She quickly started gravitating to basketball as she taught herself skills and began playing pickup basketball games with boys in Rucker Park.

Nancy attended Far Rockaway High School in Queens and quickly established herself as one of the top basketball players in the country.

She ...

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Episode 27

Dr. Heather Twedell 

“Silence isn’t always quiet”

Please go to www.F1RST-tx.org for more info on Dr. T

IG: @dr.t.f1rst

Dr. Twedell, also known as Dr T, has a Doctorate in forensic psychology and is licensed in the state of California and Texas and specializes in treating first responders. She truly understands the first responder mindset as she comes from a first responder family. She has developed a diverse and uniq...

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