Leadership and Humility

The Illinois State Police has had a tough year. Like most law enforcement agencies, when an officer is killed in the line of duty the effect is both immediate and long-term. When these tragedies come in waves the impact can be overwhelming.

As a result of these trials a group…

The Time In Between Is What Matters

I just spoke to a group of first responders from around Michigan this past Saturday at Kalamazoo Community College. The Michigan State Fire Marshall, Kevin Sehlmeyer, and KVCC’s, Marty Meyers, were kind enough to coordinate the event. Both are deeply committed to helping firefighters and all first responders live…

What happened to Semper Fi?

Semper Fidelis, or the more well-known shortened version, Semper Fi, latin for “always faithful”, is a well-known and well-used phrase usually directed towards the Marine Corps, but applicable to all those who serve.

While especially meaningful to anyone who has worn the eagle, globe, and anchor, in regards to the…

Loneliness, Health, and the Holidays

The Problem
A recent Cigna study shows how increasing loneliness in our society – they estimate nearly half of all Americans had feelings of loneliness and isolation – contributes greatly to poor mental and physical health. https://www.webmd.com/balance/news/20180504/loneliness-rivals-obesity-smoking-as-health-risk

Cigna reports loneliness increasing for a variety of factors including the rise of social…

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