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Responder Resilience

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Responder Resilience show is dedicated to improving the mental and physical well-being of police, fire, EMS, and dispatch personnel. Hosted by Lt. David Dachinger (Ret.), Dr. Stacy Raymond, Psy.D., and Bonnie C. Rumilly, LCSW/EMT-B, these broadcasts feature expert guests sharing vital information about wellness topics for first responders. For resilience strategies with compassion and humanity from the front lines of responder health and wellness, subscribe and watch it here. 

Weekly Show
BBS Station 1
6:00 pm CT
6:55 pm CT



Responder Resilience, June 22, 2022 FrontlineCT: Breaking the Mental Health Stigma
Responder Resilience, June 15, 2022 Guest, Norm Wielsch Former Police Commander and Counselor and Author of Christ Centered Healing
Responder Resilience, June 8, 2022 Guests, Authors Jason Palamara and Barbara Rubel Experts on Law Enforcement Resilience and Mental Health
Responder Resilience, June 1, 2022 Dan Noonan FDNY Ret. and FDNY Chief Frank Leeb on Never Forget: Lessons Learned at the NY Telephone Fire
Responder Resilience, May 25, 2022 Deana Paqua MA LMT and Akilah Barr Reiki Practitioners Speak about Energy Healing for Responders
Responder Resilience, May 18, 2022 Dr Ken Hoffman Functional Medicine Doctor and Medical Director SOPHIA Natural Health Center
Responder Resilience, May 11, 2022 CISD: Helping Responders Cope with Traumatic Events
Responder Resilience, May 4, 2022 Guest, Dan Willis, Retired Police Captain and Author of Bulletproof Spirit
Responder Resilience, April 27, 2022 Yoga for Responders: Powerful Tools for Stress Relief, Guests Steve Zagami USMC FDNY Retired and Wendy Boscia
Responder Resilience, April 20, 2022 Jason Palamara of Forge VFR and Michele Giorgianni of Aware Recovery Care
Responder Resilience, April 13, 2022 The Spiritual Side of First Responders and Military. Mini-documentary episode hosted by Dr. Stacy Raymond.
Responder Resilience, April 6, 2022 2NDGO: Creating Community and Purpose for Veterans and Responders.Guest Nick Nunnally, USCG (ret), Firefighter
Responder Resilience, March 30, 2022 Building Morale Through Positive, Proactive Leadership in Emergency Services. Guests John Lynch, and Nick Paproski
Responder Resilience, March 23, 2022 Responder Relationships: Challenges and Solutions Guests: FF spouse Caryn Czarnecki and therapist Linda Rost, LCSW
Responder Resilience, March 16, 2022 COPLine: The 24/7 Helpline for Police and Their Families. Guest-Stephanie Samuels, Dir. of COPLine
Responder Resilience, March 9, 2022 K9 First Responders: Connecting in Crisis with Bradford Cole, Exec. Director of K9 First Responders
Responder Resilience, March 2, 2022 Real Stories: Healing PTSD with EMDR - a mini-documentary
Responder Resilience, February 23, 2022 Guest, Matt Domyancic The Tactical Chaplain with a modern spiritual approach for police officers and firefighters
Responder Resilience, February 16, 2022 Family Matters: First Responding to Your Marriage with Guests Capt. Mike Gagliano and Anne Gagliano
Responder Resilience, February 9, 2022 Guest, Bernie Meehan: Finding The Right Therapist, When Your Comfort Zone Is Chaos



Bonnie C. Rumilly, LCSW, EMT-B
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), EMDR therapist, volunteer EMT

Bonnie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and has a private practice in Wilton. She specializes in the treatment of Adults, Adolescents, Children and First Responders. Bonnie worked in Newtown at a comprehensive family service agency for 4.5 years directly after the Sandy Hook School Shootings treating Trauma. Bonnie has had extensive training in EMDR therapy, along with other trauma treatment modalities, and is a Board Member of the Fairfield County Trauma Response Team, Inc. Along with Dr. Raymond, she co-leads a weekly Peer Support Meeting. Bonnie is well versed in First Responder cultures as she has been a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician in CT for 21 years and is currently in a leadership role at her EMS agency.

Lt. David Dachinger (Ret.)
New York
Fire Lieutenant (Ret.), Stage IV Cancer survivor, author, music producer, wellness program creator

David Dachinger is a retired Fire Lieutenant with over 21 years as a leader in emergency services. He has written department policies, instructed fire and rescue training and created firehouse wellness initiatives. As a fire officer, he often worked as Acting Captain/Shift Commander, and Incident Commander. David is also a Stage IV cancer survivor. As a music producer, he has extensive network television credits on CBS, FOX, ABC and HBO.  Combining expertise in multimedia, crisis leadership and major medical challenges, David (along with his wife, psychotherapist Tamara Green) creates calming programs that enhance the lives of first responders, cancer patients and professionals through their Loving Meditations App.

Dr. Stacy Raymond
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Clinical Psychologist, trauma specialist, EMDR consultant, founder of Responder Wellness, Inc.

Dr. Stacy Raymond has been practicing as a Clinical Psychologist in Ridgefield, Connecticut for 22 years. She is a trauma specialist, helping clients overcome anxiety, panic and PTSD. Half of her practice is dedicated to First Responders and Military Veterans. Her father is a Marine and a retired police officer. She is an Approved Consultant in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), a highly effective form of psychotherapy that quickly helps people heal from and move past their worst memories. Stacy created Responder Wellness, Inc., a non-profit whose mission is to subsidize or provide free of charge safety equipment and wellness services to First Responders in Fairfield County, CT with plans to grow state-wide.



Headlined Show, Responder Resilience June 29, 2022

Broadcast Date

Relentless Courage:  Winning the Battle Against Frontline Trauma

Responding to traumatic emergency incidents can take a significant toll on police officers' mental health, relationships, and their careers. Depression, anxiety, substance abuse and PTSI are some of the mental health challenges facing the law enforcement community.

Sergeant. Michael Sugrue has been on the front lines of this battle since he responded to a fatal officer involved shooting that instantly changed his whole world. The after effects of this traumatic incident began a journey where Michael experienced administrative betrayal and descended into a downward spiral affecting his work, his marriage, his integrity, and his health. He also had to constantly relive the details of traumatic incident during 4 years of depositions, testimony and trials.

Michael's story is also one of post-traumatic growth and transformation, of having the courage and strength to buck the stigma that prevents law enforcement professionals from seeking mental health services.  Michael finally did ask for culturally competent help and began the healing process.  Today, he generously pays his recovery forward by openly discussing and sharing his story as an author and speaker, as a Peer Volunteer at the West Coast Post Trauma Retreat and an Ambassador for Save A Warrior.

His book, RELENTLESS COURAGE: Winning the Battle Against Frontline Trauma, written along with Dr. Shauna Springer, PhD, tackles the complexity of trauma within the law enforcement community, uncovering the unspoken barriers, and outlines a path to healing.

Michael is a dedicated advocate for awareness, prevention, education, and training on Post Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI) and First Responder Suicide Prevention, and speaks at law enforcement agencies all over the United States.

Watch this episode to learn more about how Micahel Sugrue began to heal from PTSI and how his book RELENTLESS COURAGE hopes to help other responders who are suffering from trauma.






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