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Enduring The Badge

152 EpisodesProduced by Jerry D. LundWebsite

Welcome to Enduring The Badge, the podcast that uncovers the untold stories of law enforcement officers, firefighters, military members, dispatchers, and emergency medical workers. These courageous individuals and their families have lived in the shadows for too long, but that ends now. Explore thes… read more

152 Episodes | 2019 - 2023

Combatting Compassion Fatigue: Dr. Finneran on Improving Mental Health Support for First Responders

December 5th, 2023


What if you could combat the compassion fatigue that often plagues first responders and service providers? Join me, Jerry Dean Lund, alongside Dr. …

Braving the Blaze: Exploring Mental Health, Relationships and Retention in Wildland Firefighting

November 28th, 2023


Ever wondered what it's like to be on the front lines of wildland firefighting? Ever pondered the mental hurdles faced by these brave souls and their …

Unseen Battlefields: Matt Spaid's Journey with Combat, PTSD, and Healing

November 21st, 2023


Discover the gripping story of Marine Corps veteran Matt Spaid in our conversation as we traverse through his life in combat zones and the battles he endured long after. With a career spanning across Iraq and …

Fueling the Frontline: Megan Lautz on Nutrition Solutions for First Responders

November 14th, 2023


Ever wonder how first responders manage their nutritional needs amidst their demanding jobs? Good news! We've got Megan Lautz joining us for an enlightening discussion. Megan, a registered dietitian and an expert in the …

From Fire Service to Trauma Coaching: Lynnette Fritshaw's Path of Overcoming and Healing

November 7th, 2023


Picture this: a woman bravely stepping into a profession dominated by men, facing discrimination, personal attacks, and the stress of balancing motherhood with a demanding career. That woman is Lynnette Fritshaw, our …

Navigating the Frontlines: A Glimpse into Homelessness, Missing Persons, and Complex PTSD with Eric Hofstein

October 24th, 2023


Have you ever wondered what it's like to work on the frontlines of the homeless crisis, grappling with the challenges of addiction, mental illness, and missing persons? An eye-opening conversation with Eric Hofstein, a …

Strengthening Body and Mind: Fitness as a Tool for First Responders Recovery

October 17th, 2023


Have you ever wondered how law enforcement officers handle the physical and psychological trauma they often face? Join us as we sit down with Deven, …

Healing the Wounds of PTSD: Edmund Dalo's Journey through Creativity

October 10th, 2023


Can poetry, music, and art help combat PTSD?" Struggling with PTSD himself, our guest, Edmund Dalo, co-founder of the Authentic Abstraction First Responder Foundation, has an intriguing answer to this question. An …

From Backpack to Rucksack: Unpacking Service Members' Mental Health with Dan Joseph

October 3rd, 2023


Today's special guest is the compelling Dan Joseph, an honorably discharged military veteran and the author of the thought-provoking book, "Backpack to Rucksack." This episode is a deep dive into the crucial topic of …

Building Homes for Heroes: Honoring Sacrifices, Rebuilding Lives, and Transforming Legacies

September 26th, 2023


As your host, it was a genuine privilege to sit down with our two special guests, who shared gripping recounts from Ground Zero and the inspiring journey of an admirable non-profit, Building Homes for Heroes. Founded by …

Facing the Fire: Jon Vought's Crusade for CBD in First Responder Care

September 19th, 2023


Have you ever wondered what it’s like to walk a mile in the shoes of a first responder and the unique challenges they face? Meet Jon Vought, a seasoned South Florida Fire Department Captain who’s not only walked that …

Expert Discussion On Hypervigilance In First Responder Relationships with Cyndi Doyle

September 12th, 2023


What happens when your spouse's profession constantly pushes them into a hypervigilant state, and this spills over into your relationship? How do you maintain a healthy connection amidst the unique challenges first …

Debunking Leadership and Mental Health Stigma with Off-Duty Chief, Tim Eggebraaten

September 5th, 2023


Do you feel the weight of leadership and its loneliness? How about the struggle with mental health? Join us as we sit down with the enigmatic Off-Duty Chief, Tim Eggebraaten, who has turned his 28 years of law …

Unmasking the Realities of First Responders with Deborah Green

August 22nd, 2023


The gripping account of Deborah Green, a retired dispatcher with over 20 years of experience, is not one to miss. As a veteran of the military, Deborah's stories, from being shot at during the 1992 LA Riots to dealing …

Preserving Health Amidst Serving Others: A Talk with Monica Crawford

August 15th, 2023


When the pressure of protecting others weighs heavy on your shoulders, how can you find the strength to also care for yourself? Monica Crawford, CEO …

From Law Enforcement to Mental Health Advocacy: Mike Arena's Inspiring Transition

August 8th, 2023


Can you recall a time when you felt truly shaken? A moment where your nerves were jangled and your mind was in turmoil? Our guest for today, Mike …

Living Outside the Wire: The Human Side of Law Enforcement with Gary Eddington

August 1st, 2023


Picture the burden of donning a badge — the weight of responsibility, the constant scrutiny, the life-or-death decisions made in split seconds. Can you imagine living in what retired bond enforcement officer Gary …

Resilience, Trauma, and Hope: A Conversation with Ryan Phillips

July 25th, 2023


What if your darkest moments could guide you to the highest peaks of your personal journey? Our special guest, Ryan Phillips, is a living testament …

The Power of Resilience: Bridget Truxillo's Fight against Workplace Injustice

July 18th, 2023


Discover how to navigate the intricate world of workplace challenges from the perspective of a former deputy sheriff and SWAT team member. Bridget Lawsheild, my esteemed guest for this episode, is not just an attorney …

The Transformative Impact of Peer Support in Mental Health

July 11th, 2023


Imagine harnessing the power of human connection and shared experiences to empower others and navigate life's various challenges. That's precisely what you'll grasp from our enlightening conversation with Dr. Tia White, …

Spreading Positivity and Fostering Support in Law Enforcement: A Conversation with Sergeant Eric Tung

July 4th, 2023


What if we told you that one law enforcement officer uses social media to spread positivity and create a support system for his peers? Join us as we …

Unleashing Your Inner Resilience: A Conversation with Experts

June 27th, 2023


Imagine if you could hone the skill of resilience to face life's challenges with confidence and grace. We're excited to have Dr. Tia White, a public …

Healing the Hidden Wounds: A Conversation on First Responder Mental Health- Danny Coon

June 20th, 2023


Imagine being a first responder constantly facing high-stress situations, unbearable emotional experiences, and physical danger. How can one cope with the mounting pressure and maintain mental and emotional health? …

Embracing Post-Traumatic Growth: The Dark Knight of Your Soul and the Resilience of First Responders and Veterans

June 13th, 2023


What if we told you that it's possible to emerge stronger and wiser from adversity and trauma? Our guest, Jessica Depatie, a documentary film …

I am Stopping The Threat & The Stigma - Adam Meyers

June 6th, 2023


For over two decades, Adam served as a law enforcement officer in Wisconsin, facing the unimaginable challenges of the job. But one fateful day, he …

Empowering Women in Law Enforcement: Self-Defense Training and Resilience to be Unstoppable- Fortis Tactical Teena Gooding

May 23rd, 2023


Teena's extensive 26-year career in law enforcement has equipped her with invaluable insights that she now imparts through her training facility. At Fortis Tactical Systems, Teena and her husband offer a wide range of …

Protecting My Daughter: A Cop's Story of Resignation and PTSD- Grayson Reed

May 16th, 2023


The founder of Public Safety Preservation. Gray Reed founded this non-profit to raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention among first responders. He did it because of his battle with mental health and …

The Untold Fight Against the Mexican Cartels- Sheriff & Author Matthew Thomas

May 9th, 2023


Matt has risen to the position of Chief Deputy. During his 29 years with the police, he has worked in jail, patrol, and traffic. Police training, …

First Response Mental Health Peer Support App- Nik Fiorito

May 2nd, 2023


Nik is employed with First Response Mental Health. He's a key player in the development of a peer support software that connects people who need …

Leading with Courageous Nobility to Change the World- LEO Jeff Daukas

April 25th, 2023


Jeff has served in a variety of law enforcement roles, and he'll discuss some of those experiences, but most importantly, I've talked to Jeff about …

From Street Cop to Wellness Warrior: A Retired Officer's Inspiring Journey of Resilience and Advocacy- Author Christopher Hoyer

April 19th, 2023


Chris is a fantastic person. He fought crime in some of Phoenix's meanest and most dangerous streets. They're known to be riddled with drug cartels, …

Bridging the Gap: How a Police Officer & Social Worker Revolutionize Therapist Training Amid Rising Threats

April 11th, 2023


Dr. Tia White and Sergeant Jake Styer have joined forces to form Therapist Safety Solutions, and you may be wondering what that is. That is a company …

Surviving the Unthinkable: A Law Enforcement Officer's Story of Domestic Violence- Heather Glogolich

April 4th, 2023


Heather is a phenomenal leader and a very strong woman. Heather will give a remarkable story, but she also teaches for Street Cop. Her former spouse, …

Changing Wellness For Those On The Frontline- Dr. Violet Rymshaw

March 28th, 2023


Dr. Violet is a former dispatcher who saw the need for dispatchers to have a better workplace, better wellness, and overall success in their …

From Hostage Negotiator To Author- Glenn Topping

March 21st, 2023


Glenn was a military member. He is an author and has experience in law enforcement. We're going to concentrate on Glenn's career in law enforcement …

His Badge, My Story- LEOW & Author Vicki Gustafson

March 14th, 2023


Vickie is going to talk about her life behind the badge. And that is the wife of the LEOW, 42 years. She has stood by her husband and law enforcement. Vicki wrote an incredible book called His Badge, My Story Insights …

The Power Of Vulnerability- Reps For Responder, Founder & LEO Frank Voce

March 7th, 2023


Frank Voce has been so open about his history. You must hear this man's story of strength and vulnerability. He's a fantastic human with a fantastic …

From Wrecking A Community To Building Resilience - Founder of WYSM Jason Lehman, Retired LEO

February 21st, 2023


Jason Lehman has an amazing story. He's a former cop who talks about how he went from wrecking his community to rebuilding it. Now, how did he get there? Jason felt like he was operating in the gray area as an officer …

From Personal Tragedy To Triumph- Founder of Flame Decon, Veteran Tara Cornett

February 14th, 2023


Flame Decon's owner and founder is Tara Cornett. Tara has a very personal story that she will share with you. She'll tell us what she did to try to avoid tragedies and how you can build your own resilience. This is …

PTSD 911 Documentary Film- Director Conrad Weaver

February 7th, 2023


Conrad Weaver is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who has produced the film PTSD 911. It's a fantastic film.

Conrad has done some sensational things in his life, but this quote by Conrad is my favorite. He claims …

It's Okay Not To Have Mental Health Challenges -Samuel Boyer-Groff

January 24th, 2023


Sam Groff is the founder and owner of PrepMedic. It's a critical care flight medic and a Northern Colorado special operations response team member …

The Importance Communication In Law Enforcement- Kenny "Red Ninja"

January 17th, 2023


Professional Experience:
Police Officer – Patrolman (2007 to 2017)    
Corporal (2017-2019)    
Sergeant …

If I Could Inspire One Person- Firefighter/EMT Bernard Taylor

January 10th, 2023


Bernard Taylor

Age: 34, from Miami, FL


He is currently working for Palm Beach County Fire Rescue for the past two years. 4 years in the fire service.

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"Earn Each Day"- Founder/ CEO Of Griffith Blue Heart

January 3rd, 2023


Brandon Griffith is the Founder & CEO of Griffith Blue Heart 501.c(3) Nonprofit which specializes in preparing, training, and equipping law enforcement for time-sensitive medical emergencies like cardiac arrest, …

Getting The Best Bang For Your Dollar- Rebecca Jameson Priority One Financial Coaching

December 20th, 2022


Rebecca Jameson, a financial coach and wife of a police officer, Alan Sanchez, discusses the importance of first responders getting their financial …

Tactical Breathing For Better Weapons Control- Tactical Yoga Training, Sheila Schmid

December 13th, 2022


Sheila took her first yoga class in 1985 in Bellingham, Washington while attending Western Washington University, and has have been practicing and teaching since. An early adopter. Along the way, she acquired degrees in …

How To Get Through The Holidays- Dr. Tia White

December 6th, 2022


In this week's episode, we are gonna talk about how to get through the holidays with our special guest for this, Dr. Tia White. She is amazing with …

Public Safety Announcement- Scaley Addictions Founder Theresa Carcioppolo

November 29th, 2022


Teresa is a 911 dispatcher, an author, and the founder of Scaley Addictions. 
Teresa has embraced the need that is out there for these reptiles that get abandoned and to foster them and put them back into foster homes. …

How To Understand Your Trauma- Matt Quackenbush

November 22nd, 2022


The Finding Strength method is not your normal therapy process. Matt has crafted a unique and powerful method of therapy that has helped hundreds of …

What Are Police K9s Doing In Schools-John Gray

November 15th, 2022


John Gray is a school resource officer with Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office in Colorado. John works with his partner named Rex. Rex is a certified …

There Is Help & Hope For Families After Suicide- Steven Hough Co-Founder Of First Help

November 8th, 2022


Steven is a 20-year veteran of Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. During his time with the Sheriff’s Office Steven also spent seven years assigned as …

Why Is An LEO Running Across Canada- Sach Latti

November 1st, 2022


Sachin Latti is the heart of Sachinmotion. With a growing team of supporters around him, his goal is to raise money and awareness for veterans & first responders in need of help as they heal from PTSD & mental …

Resilience For First Responders- Jennifer Boileau

October 25th, 2022


Jennifer is an educator with a B.S in Education with an emphasis in special education, and she has taken that teaching background and shifted her focus to teaching practices of resilience as a Trauma-Centered Yoga …

Survivors Of Fallen U.S. Military Personnel- Gold Star Wife Jennifer Carazo

October 18th, 2022


Jennifer Carazo is a gold star wife and the chairman of The Sugar Bear Foundation. The Sugar Bear Foundation was formed in honor of Lieutenant …

Taking Care Of Yourself As First Responder Spouse- Lisa Valentine

October 11th, 2022


In this week's episode of Enduring the Badge Podcast, our guest is the police wife and fitness coach Lisa Valentine. In this episode, we are going to …

1st Responders Conferences- Retired Law Enforcement Shawn & Jeff Thomas

October 4th, 2022


Shawn is a deputy for the King County Sheriff's Office in Seattle, WA. Shawn has been a deputy for 24 years and Jeff recently retired  from the King County Sheriff's Office after 32 years.


In September 2016, Shawn's …

How To Get Through PTSD- Chris Chandler-Yates

September 27th, 2022


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 …

End Sex Trafficking And Sexual Exploitation With OUR- Director Of U.S. Law Enforcement Relations JC Holt

September 20th, 2022


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 …

Bang Boom Burn With Retired AFT Agent- Wayne Miller

September 13th, 2022


Wayne Miller was a Special Agent, Criminal Investigator and Certified Fire Investigator for the U. S. Treasury, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and …

Habits Of Couples In Healthy Relationships- Jerry Dean Lund

September 6th, 2022


In this episode, we are going to be discussing the 10 habits most couples with a healthy relationship have. These habits are especially effective …

WTFrs Backing The Blue- Luis Rodriguez

August 30th, 2022


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 …

My Relationship Is A Priority- Jerry Dean Lund

August 23rd, 2022


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; …

Making Your Relationship Stronger- Jerry Dean Lund

August 16th, 2022


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 …

Excellence In Analytics & Leadership- Author Dawn Reeby

August 2nd, 2022


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+ …

Why It's Important To Have Therapy Dogs- Lena Strickling

July 26th, 2022


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 …

Officer-Involved Shooting And What Happens After- Michael Sugrue

July 5th, 2022


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, …

Why It's Critical To Rewire Your Brain- AK with Life Saver Wellness

June 28th, 2022


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, …

What Should We Do Different As Leaders And Organizations- Jerry Dean Lund

June 17th, 2022


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 …

How To Build Financial Strength For First Responders- Nick Daugherty

June 1st, 2022


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 …

How Can You Empower Women- Sierra Hellstrom

May 24th, 2022


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 …

The One Key To Stopping Suicide- Nate Prussian (Guardian Group)

May 10th, 2022


Nate Prussian retired as a Colonel from the US Army after 26 years, primarily serving in special operations units.  In his final assignment Nate …

What Is The Best Medicine For Your Mental Health- Cliff Walker

May 3rd, 2022


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 …

That Peer Support Couple - Cathy & Javier Bustos

April 19th, 2022


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 …

How Not Lose Yourself In Your Career- Annette Zapp

April 13th, 2022


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 …

Making A Difference And Loving What You Do- Bree Johnson

April 6th, 2022


In this episode, we have Bree Johnson. She's a third generation EMT. That means her mom, her dad, her cousin, and uncle have all been in fire and EMS, which is pretty impressive. Bree did not want to be an EMT when …

Performing Wild Rescues In The National Parks- Kevin Grange

March 29th, 2022


For this episode's special guest, we have paramedic Kevin Grange. He is also an award-winning freelance writer who talks about the medical field adventure and travel. We will talk about some of those adventures and …

From NYPD Detective To Robert Garland

March 16th, 2022


Let us listen to our special guest, NYPD Detective Robert Garland. Robert has had a pretty cool career, being a detective in New York. And this had …

20 Years In The Navy & The Toll It Takes On Your Family- Stephen McIntosh

March 9th, 2022


In this episode, we we have Stephen McIntosh. He's spent 20 years in the Navy and most of that time away from his family. Listen to his perspective …

Tips From The Military Wife And Mom -Lauren Tamm

March 2nd, 2022


In this episode, we will have Lauren Tamm, founder of The Military Wife and Mom loaded with rich information about how to be a military wife or spouse, and how to parent at the same time. If you want to know more on how …

Can We Fix The Divide Between Police and Communities Of Color? Erica Gaines

February 16th, 2022


In this episode, I have the CEO and founder of TacMobility, an organization whose vision is to heal the divide between police officers and …

Your Worst Day! Is Our Everyday! Ricardo Martinez CEO & Founder Within the Trenches Media

February 9th, 2022


In this episode, we have Ricardo Martinez II, the founder, and CEO of Within the Trenches Media. He is also the person behind the #IAM911. And that hashtag trended worldwide after he made this statement, "I heard your …

Why Is Peer Support Necessary- Flight Medic James Boomhower

February 2nd, 2022


Do you practice peer support in your workplace? In this episode, Flight Medic James Boomhower, Founder of Fit for Duty, talks about how important it is to build a peer support team. He talks about who takes care of the …

You Can Have It All- Author & Coach Dawn Reeby

January 27th, 2022


Would you like to have a clear mindset and tools needed to become the best version of yourself, personally and professionally? If so, this episode is …

It's Never Too Late To Start Over- Rebecca Ethington

January 19th, 2022


In this episode, we have Rebecca Ethington, a single mom who went through Fire Recruit Academy. She's going to talk about the mental and physical …

Building Wealth: First Responders to Financial Freedom- Alec Evans & Lewis Weaver

January 6th, 2022


In this episode, we're going to talk about something a little bit different that wears on your mental health and physical health, and probably after the first of the year, you've possibly been thinking about a lot, and …

2021 Highlights of Season 3- Part 2

December 31st, 2021


Looking for some motivation or answers on how to make 2022 better than 2021. Here is a collection of soundbites from my amazing guest from season 3.

2021 Highlights of Season 3- Part 1

December 30th, 2021


Looking for some motivation or answers on how to make 2022 better than 2021. Here is a collection of soundbites from my amazing guest from season 3.

How to Support Your Peer's In Crisis- Author & Retired Police Officer Jeffrey Denning

December 22nd, 2021


If you are looking for peer support, you may want to listen to this episode with Jeffery Denning. Jeff will discuss the importance of asking for help with a bit of humor to lighten up our mood. If you want to laugh a …

Creating YouTube Fame For Your Department- Eric Hurst

December 15th, 2021


If you're an aspiring first responder Youtuber, get to know the secrets of Eric Hurst from South Metro Fire Rescue. Eric will share his stories on …

The Power Behind Our Thoughts - Ashley Iverson

December 7th, 2021


This episode is about Ashley Iverson, a woman who once felt like a shell but found true love in Cal Firefighter. Unfortunately, his loving husband passed away fighting for Thomas Fire. Ironically, after that incident, …

Do You Want To Be A Great Mentor- Author's Sam & Chris Adams

November 30th, 2021


If you want to be a confident first responder or mentor, this episode is for you! Christian Adams and Sam Adams, authors and co-owners of Field Medics, and The PADL course will teach you better decision-making skills in …

Why Is Yoga So Important For 1st Responders- Olivia Mead

November 16th, 2021


If you find it hard to manage stress, Olivia Mead, Founder and CEO of YogaShield® Yoga For First Responders® (YFFR), is here to help you. Olivia will …

Creating An Environment For Optimal Performance- Maureen Stoecklein

November 10th, 2021


If you want to retire as healthy as you were when you first step into your job, listen to this episode with Firefighter/Paramedic and Registered Dietitian Maureen Stoecklein. Maureen will teach us the things to avoid to …

Developing Emotional Intelligence- Destiny Morris, Certified First Responder Counselor

November 3rd, 2021


If you feel like your first responder partner or family member is not giving you enough attention even on off-duty, Associate Marriage and Family Therapist Destiny Morris will teach you how to cope with this situation. …

Operation K9 Hero- DuWayne Schwartz

October 20th, 2021


Enduring the Badge is a podcast series that explores the personal side of first responders. In this episode, me and  DuWayne Schwartz from Operation K9 Hero talked about his and Tio's (his K9 therapy dog) mission on how …

How To Find The Balance- Flight Nurse Janessa Dean

October 13th, 2021


This podcast episode of Enduring the Badge with guest Flight Nurse/Life Coach Janessa Dean shared how she finds balance as a working mom of 4 with a twin. She brought tips on how to avoid mom guilt especially when she's …

Why You Need Tactical Wellness & Legal Training- Bridget Truxillo

October 6th, 2021


 In this podcast episode with Bridget Truxillo, we talked about her program called Protective Wellness which offers tactical training wellness and legal advices from attorneys. This effective program is strengthen by …

What's It Like To Be An EMT- Rocio Calenda

September 29th, 2021


This podcast episode features an interview with Rocio Calenda. We talk about the ambulance tech side of EMS and she shares her knowledge with us on …

Meet The Lady Sheepdog- LEO Autumn Clifford

September 22nd, 2021


Even professional life coaches once needed coaching. In this inspiring episode with Life Coach Officer Autumn Clifford, you will learn that bad …

What's it like being deployed as a Wildland Firefighter?

September 8th, 2021


Have you ever wondered what its like to be away from home fighting fires for weeks at a time, leaving your wife and kids behind? 

In this episode on Enduring the Badge Podcast, we will be talking about my wildland …

First Responder Sleep Recovery

August 18th, 2021


In this episode, we discuss..

  1. How First Responder Sleep Recovery started (1:40)

  2. Sean, how did how did she inspire you to like move forward to create …

Disabled Military Veteran To Entrepreneur

August 11th, 2021


In this episode, we discuss..

  1. Justin’s military life and when did he realized that he wanted to excel other than military service. (1:35)
  2. Justin’s job …

How To Cope With A Tragic Loss- April Katherman- Redgrave

August 4th, 2021


April Katherman-Redgrave is an author, speaker, blogger, and founder of Beauty for Our Ashes Ministry. As the surviving widow of fallen San Jose …

Do More - Firefighter Corey Sierra

July 22nd, 2021


Originally from SoCal, Corey Sierra grew up in Las Vegas where he lives with his wife and two daughters. He served 6-years on active duty with the United States Navy. He chose to pursue firefighting as a post-military …

How To Building First Responders Resilience - Alex Jabr

July 15th, 2021


Alexandra Jabr, EMT-P, began her EMS career in 2003 and holds a master’s degree in death, grief, and bereavement. She is an adjunct faculty in the …

Do Your Job- Carney Strong

July 7th, 2021


Lillian Carney is the President and Executive Director for the Carney Strong Initiative. She
joined the non-profit organization in 2018 to honor the memory of her husband, Battalion Chief Josh Carney, who lost his battle …

How To Have The Hard Conversations- Rayne Gray, Fireground Fitness Podcast

June 23rd, 2021


Rayne Gray has been a Firefighter for over 23 years, working in every rank and currently serving as a Division Chief for the City of Phoenix. He is the host of the Fireground Fitness podcast, a US Marine veteran, an …

Why The Eliminator Fire Extinguisher Is A Life Saver

June 16th, 2021


The Rusoh Eliminator is the First complete redesign of the Fire Extinguisher in over 65 Years. 

The Rusoh® Eliminator® fire extinguisher is designed for self-service. It eliminates the need for the specially trained and …

Stories From 20 Years Behind A LEO Badge- Anthony McNeil

June 9th, 2021


Anthony McNeil is a retired police officer, served 20 years with the Southfield (MI) Police Department, a husband (married 27 years), a father of two …

Overcoming Alcohol Abuse In The Military- Mike Ech

May 27th, 2021


 After 8 years in the US Air Force as an active duty enlisted member, He made it my sole mission to expose listeners to the realities of the military …

Life Saving Technology Coming To Firefighters- RoGO Fire

May 20th, 2021


RoGo Fire is developing an advanced satellite integrated communication solution
including devices and software designed to enable wildland …

Dr. John Jaquish, Weight Lifting Is A Waste Of Time

May 6th, 2021


John Jaquish  is the inventory of the X3 Bar and the best selling author of Weight Lifting is a Waste of Time. The X3 Bar has immense benefits for the body especially for those required to do intense movements like …

To Die A Hero- Author & Former Police Officer Jose Patrick Fair

April 21st, 2021


This novel is a work of fiction, loosely based on some of my experiences as a small-town police officer and firefighter. I have changed the names and …

The tools to live, serve and thrive as a First Responder- Aaron Quinn

April 7th, 2021


I live in Oakland with my wife and three kids.  I grew up in Oakland, California, and I now serve the citizens as a Firefighter. I was hired in 2002 …

Recipe For Success In Life & Business, Jason Ramos

March 24th, 2021


A thrilling inside look at the world of smokejumpers, the airborne firefighters who fight nature's blazes in the most remote and rugged areas of the U.S. Discover how Jason got his start in this highly specialized …

A Different Type of First Responder with Forest Service P.I.O. Sierra Hellstrom

March 10th, 2021


This episode great mix of the work done behind the scenes of wildland firefighting and the role and responsibility of a Forest Service Contracting …

Dr Paul Gavoni, Co-Author of the book 5 Scientific Laws of Life & Leadership

February 27th, 2021


With more than 20 years in human services and public education, Dr. Paul "Paulie" Gavoni has effectively transferred research to practice through the …

Life of Service- L.A. County Firefighter Trevor Williams

February 11th, 2021


Trevor Williams is a Firefighter in Los Angeles who created the "Williams Key", a bypass tool for doors. He has a background as an international …

Overcoming Obstacles and the Importance of having a Purpose in Life- Earl Granville

February 4th, 2021


Earl Granville served nine years in the Army National Guard as an infantryman, with deployments to Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. On his final tour, …

Extreme Passion For First Responder's Health & Wellness With Tonya Herbert

January 27th, 2021


Tonya is the President of Responder Wipes and Florida PPE Services. Many years ago, while working for an architectural firm that specialized in designing public safety facilities, she became passionate about improving …

Resiliency and perspective in life and tragedy- Patrick O'Neill

January 16th, 2021


My name is Patrick O'Neill and I am 40 years old.  I have been married for close to 10 years to my wife Julie and have two children, Makena 7 and …

How To Have Genuine Love for Everybody- Maddison Lund

January 9th, 2021


I had my daughter Maddison Lund as my guest for this episode.  We had an amazing talk, it was very emotional and I learned so much from her and about her.  Unfortunately, all but a 10 minute time frame of the audio was …

20 Years Of Service In The Air Force Taught Gary Lund How To Serve Those Above & Below Him

January 1st, 2021


Gary Lund share's his story about showing up in another state to go to college with no job, $400 in his pocket and a strong faith in Jesus Christ. He …

Eric Petrowski On How Military Service Can Prepare You For Life

December 22nd, 2020


Guest Eric Petrowski discusses why enlisting in the military service changed his life. He goes into detail about working in the Army drone program and what that looked like while being deployed in Afghanistan. His time …

911 Dispatcher Stacy Shotwell discusses what it's take to be a new dispatcher.

December 10th, 2020


Stacy Shotwell has lived in the Nashville area since 1998. She is currently in training for 911 Dispatcher at her local police department. …

Former Police Officer & Awarding Wining Author Donna Brown

November 26th, 2020


Donna Brown spent 26 years with the Tallahassee (FL) PD and retired in 2006 as a sergeant. She received the department's award for bravery and the Inagural Commander and Chiefs Award. She graduated from Florida State …

Proud Police Wife & Author Rebecca Lynn

November 19th, 2020


Rebecca is a police wife of 13 years, writer, author and influencer. She also has a Master’s in Education and is a former Kindergarten teacher. …

Wildland Firefighter Micah Booze & Founder Of The A.S.S. Movement

November 11th, 2020


Micah Booze has been fighting wildland fires for 15 years all over the U.S. and for the past five years he has been working as an assistant captain …

Founder of 911der Women, Sara Weston

November 5th, 2020


Sara Weston is a Senior Project Consultant for 911 Authority, LLC where she works with states and the National 911 Program to aid in the transition …

Inspiring story of immigrating to the US and becoming a Fire Captain.

October 29th, 2020


Jenna was born and raised in Brazil and moved to the US in 2004.  She shares her story of growing up in Brazil and how she was taught to never give …

Firefighter Paul Clarke, The CEO Of Fire Grounds Coffee

September 11th, 2020


Hear from the CEO Paul Clarke on what makes Fire Grounds Coffee more that a coffee company and why they have teamed up with a non profit foundation …

A Veteran Police Officer's Transition Story

August 21st, 2020


My guest Mia Barron's goal in life is to inspire others. She is a helper at heart which made it only natural to pursue the career of a Police Officer …

Technology that saves time and saves lives by Rapid Response Co.

July 28th, 2020


This bonus episode is on technology that helps save time and save lives. Rapid Response Co. is a company that has developed a software for …

4th Generation Firefighter & Fitness Instructor Ian Palmer

July 12th, 2020


Ian Palmer is a 4th generation firefighter and works at the Ridge Culver Fire Department in Irondequoit, New York. He also is an Air Force Veteran …

100 lbs. weight loss journey by Firefighter/Paramedic Brooke Ames.

June 18th, 2020


Firefighter/Paramedic Brooke Ames from Wisconsin is a rookie firefighter who came from the corporate world where she worked as a project manager for …

Fire Captain Jeremy Sanders on Crew 1st Culture

May 28th, 2020


Fire Captain Jeremy Sanders talks about how he turned his frustrations into creating a culture where everyone can succeed. The Crew 1st Culture comes …

Resiliency in the first responder world.. how to have it, maintain it, and manage it

May 7th, 2020


Nayi Partridge is a Trainer and Resilience Development Director for the Partridge Group in Riverton, Utah. She has created the Utah POST certified …

Assistant Chief Kyle Hunt and his story of PTSD and his calling to serve

April 23rd, 2020


On this episode, we talk to assistant fire chief Kyle Hunt about his story of PTSD and how he realized he was struggling with it, and the strain it put  on the relationships in his life. He talks about the different …

Season 1 Recap and Season 2 Intro!

April 16th, 2020


Listen in on this episode as my wife Annie and I recap the first season of Enduring the Badge podcast, and give our thoughts on each one of the episodes and guests that were on.  It was an amazing first season and we …

Jeff Francom goes from 15 years as Firefighter/Paramedic and Captain to Emergency Manager.

August 6th, 2019


Jeff Francom goes from being a reactive Paramedic and Fire Captain to a preventive Emergency Manger at a chemical depot. He discusses the mind shift that it took to take on this new responsibility and how rewarding it …

The journey of Amanda Thomas from Deputy Fire Chief of a volunteer department to running a college

June 25th, 2019


Amanda's journey to Deputy Fire Chief was no easy task with a young family and very controlling husband. She fought the daily battle to service her …

Fire Captain/Paramedic Chuck Shepherd looks back on his career with his girlfriend Misty.

June 7th, 2019


Fire Captain Chuck Shepherd has been a firefighter/paramedic for over 20 years in Utah. In this episode he reflects on the ups and downs during some …

Firefighter/Paramedic Chris Verkerk shares how he suffered from PTSD and what it took to finally seek some help to deal with it each day.

May 21st, 2019


Chris Verkerk wanted to be a firefighter since he was 3 years old. He was able to get into an explorer program at age 15. He stayed on the path to …

How to care for your First Responder and yourself with Alia Bate.

May 10th, 2019


Alia discusses daily impact on a firefighter's spouse and his family while on duty. Many First Responders tend work an incredible amount of hours …

The strength within a police officers wife with guest Ashley Ellefsen.

May 2nd, 2019


As you can imagine, it takes a great deal of strength to be a police officers wife and have a incredible marriage. Ashley met Sean over 12 years ago …

Rookie volunteer firefighter Todd Stanley's prospective on the fire service.

April 20th, 2019


It wasn't until later in life that Todd was "bitten by the fire bug" and decided to pursue a firefighting career. Todd Stanley was a volunteer …

Part 2 of my own story and near suicide attempt. I talk about how I climbed out of that dark place.

April 11th, 2019


Part two of this episode you will get to know me, your show host Jerry Dean Lund. I will be interviewed by my fiance Annie on my career as a …

My own story of enduring the badge for nearly 30 years and still going.

April 1st, 2019


On this episode you will get to know me, your show host Jerry Dean Lund. I will be interviewed by my fiance Annie on my career as a firefighter and …

The bond of a Firefighting Family... at home and at work

March 23rd, 2019


Dave Ulibarri worked as a Firefighter for 24 years.  Being a firefighter was more than just a career for him, it was a family legacy for him.  He talks about the bonds he shared with his family members who are also …

Life as a Police Officer... The challenges on and off the job

March 15th, 2019


JC Holt has been a police officer for 18 years.   He talks about the challenges that come with being in law enforcement and the effects it has had on …

Mental Health in the fire service.... insight and ideas to have a more balanced life

March 6th, 2019


Firefighter Lieutenant Wes Scott is from Colorado.  He is passionate about mental health, not only for himself but also for his crew members and …

A Firefighter Veteran... What does it take to survive life in the fire service?

February 28th, 2019


Retired Fire Chief Andy Butler started his fire service at the young age of 19 years old.  He shares his story about how being a full-time …

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