H.O.P.E Beyond The Badge

H.O.P.E Beyond The Badge

A Pod Cast that brings Awareness, Inspiration, and Conversation together for First Responders, Families, and others interested in Mental Well-Being in First Response.


June 20, 2024 75 mins

Cindy Chesna - Widow of Weymouth Police Sgt Michael Chesna (EOW 7.15.2018) joins us on the podcast.

Cindy shares with us who Mike was in life, what it was like for her to lose the love of her life, to grieve that loss publicly, while guiding and mothering her children through the loss of their father.

Cindy also shares how she was able to get through that time, how she was able to begin healing, and how she has begun using her ex...

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Carolyn Forde joins us on the podcast to share about her long career in EMS, which began right after high school. She openly discusses how over time the calls she was responding to began to add up and how that affected her. Carolyn also shares about using alcohol to cope with those duty traumas, how losing a close friend and co-worker to suicide caused her to reevaluate her circumstances and behaviors, how she eventually sought hel...

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June 7, 2024 98 mins

Chaplin J.D Hebert joins us to share about his career in first response, beginning with working for ski patrol & earning his EMT, followed by decades working various roles in EMS & the fire service. He also shares with us how he was called to serve through Chaplaincy, CISM, & how he provides compassionate care to first responders during their own time of need.

Currently, Chaplain Hebert is an Advanced Emergency Medical...

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Doug & Karen Monda join us to talk about Survive First - Where there mission is to reduce first responder suicide through quality education, peer support, and mental health and wellness resources while fostering a greater sense of community and awareness amongst first responders and their supporters.

Doug - President, Founder, and Chairman at Survive First - discusses his time as a professional athlete, shares with us about his...

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Darren joins us on the podcast to share about his career in the fire service, how decades of service and duty trauma impacted him shortly into his retirement, how he began on a hearty pursuit to understand his own mental health, trauma recovery, and how he's using what he learned to help others.

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Debbie joins us on the podcast to discuss her time in the military & career in law enforcement as a 911 dispatcher. She shares with us about responding to the LA riots, some of the more difficult calls she's had as a dispatcher & how those calls impacted her, including an incident where officers were ambushed & one of them was killed. Debbie also shares with us how a 26 plus year career of service culminated in post...

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Nicole Ferry joins us on the podcast to discuss her 26 year career in law enforcement, including a decade working in sex crimes. Nicole shares with us about her experience with co-worker suicide, what happened when trauma begin to surface within her, within her department, and what she does today to advocate for first responder mental health, resilience, and suicide prevention.

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May 3, 2024 83 mins

Cassie Sexton joins us and shares her story of going from a grocery store into a life of law enforcement. She talks about working parking enforcement, in the city jail, as a dispatcher, and responding to a mass shooting incident early in her career. As the years went on Cassie would also have to deal with the loss of co-workers, including co-worker suicide, all while she was quietly considering suicide as a way of ending her own pa...

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April 26, 2024 112 mins

Wayne Hancock joins us and shares his experience as a call firefighter & his career in law enforcement. He talks about prison violence, suicide, and how he can still remember the sounds and the smells associated with some of those instances. Wayne shares how duty trauma impacted him, his journey to sobriety and trauma recovery, where he is at in his life today, and the work he does to help others.

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Julie shares her depth of knowledge about horses, people, trauma, healing, & how she brings them all together at her Wild Hearts program to help first responders recover from trauma & reconnect with their loved ones.

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April 12, 2024 56 mins

Reactions to trauma can impact the way a person experiences life.

When a person suffers from PTSD – Their loved ones share in that experience.


A person can move through trauma to growth & develop a more meaningful appreciation for life.

When a person moves through trauma to growth – Their loved ones share in that experience.

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Dan shares with us about his career in law in law enforcement which began in 1992. He has worked for departments in Rhode Island & Florida. Dans experience includes working as a patrol officer, in detentions, street crimes, auto theft, domestic violence, homicide, sex crimes, burglary, and he currently works as a civilian background investigator.

Dan shares openly with us about those difficult calls that have stuck with him, t...

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Prior to joining Boulder Crest Foundation’s First Responder Initiative as the Director for New England, Robert spent 35 years as a Police Officer in Massachusetts. During his Law Enforcement career Robert was a key participant in the creation of the SEMLEC Peer Support / Critical Incident Stress Management Team. Robert served as the team’s Director / Commander since the team’s inception and led a team of officers who support a cons...

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Donna Brown began her career in Law Enforcement working the streets answering calls for service. She discovered a passion training new recruits and began teaching department wide, at the academy, and to community groups. Donna also worked in criminal investigations for 15 years, ten of those years were spent supervising the homicide unit. When she retired, Donna recognized her own struggle, reached out for help, and began a healing...

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John Tamoosh is an Assistant Deputy Superintendent for the Plymouth County Sherriff's office, an agency he has served with since 1994. While working as a corrections officer John developed an interest in Crisis Negotiations & began serving as a negotiator in 2006.

He was appointed as the commander of the METROLEC Crisis Negotiations Team & currently serves as a negotiator for the SEMLEC Crisis Negotiations Team.

John r...

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March 8, 2024 86 mins

Vance Row joins us on the podcast to discuss his over 20 year career in law enforcement & shares how duty trauma & injuries impacted his mental health & led to negative coping mechanisms. Eventually Vance began to calm his nervous system and reclaim his well-being when he found Yoga, which ultimately led to Yoga Rescue - where Vance wants to use Yoga to combat first responder & veteran suicide.

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John Kelly joins us & shares about his 30 plus years in law enforcement. We discuss some of the lessons he learned over the course of his career, we talk about trauma, addiction, infidelity, and how they affected John and his family.

Today - John uses the challenges & struggles of his past to help others, by speaking at conferences, seminars, & departments. He is the author of the book "Self Inflicted Wounds"...

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Jennifer Anderson is the founder and CEO of First Responder Coaching - where they help first responders identify challenges, positives, and create goals / structures for strong, healthy, lasting careers and relationships.

Jennifer is also the spouse of a medically retired police officer. She shares with us the challenges that PTSD brought into all aspects of her families life, and how she began to use coaching to help move them thr...

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February 16, 2024 92 mins

In this episode we have a conversation with retired Police Chief Russell Jenkins, retired Fire Chief Joe Davis, and retired Police Captain Joe Comperchio. This panel of retired first responders share about their early days on the job, duty trauma, some of the calls that stuck with them, how these careers effect our family members, loss, grief, retirement, and how to prepare for that process.

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Trease Smock's passion for mental wellness and suicide prevention came to light when she lost her father (LEO) by suicide in 2014. We discuss the loss of her father, how that event impacted her and her family, how she grieved, what helped her heal, and her passion to help others.

Trease is a RN, BSN, CLNC, & Integrative Functional Medicine Practitioner for Protecting the Guardian. She has over 22 years in healthcare practi...

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