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Enduring The Badge

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The truth of First Responders survival on and off duty. Their personal accounts of how witnessing so much tragedy has taken a toll on their lives. Hear from their families about how it's impacted them. Learn how each of them have overcame these difficult times and personal insight.The show is hosted by Jerry Lund with nearly 30 years of service behind the badge. He will be drawing upon his own personal experience of surviving those dark times and thoughts of suicide. Jerry is dedicated to empowering his fellow man to take action on their own mental and physical health.

Latest Episodes

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

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 was. Jeff will always love the challenges and rewards of being a First Responder and putting his skills to the test. Like many other First Responders, he loves the relationships he has made with his co-workers and some of those he has been apart of on life saving calls. He share's how much the relationships he made during his career mean to him. We discussed in this episode how we should prepare our families for different events that might happen to us like a mass shooting. Sadly enough less than 24 hours after recording this episode the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton took place. Our thoughts are with all those affected including all those that had to respond to these horrific incidents. Please help me make this podcast have even more value and impact by leaving ...

59 MINAUG 6
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Jeff Francom goes from 15 years as Firefighter/Paramedic and Captain to Emergency Manager.

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

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 community and fire department without the support of her husband. During that time there was that little voice in her head encouraging her to continue to serve and not give into his wishes. Listening to that voice turned out to be a blessing and that lead her to the career she has now. She found the strength to get divorced and start a full-time career managing an EMT program in Utah. Several of her student have placed 1st in national completions which have earned them scholarship money. Her students have gone on to save many lives and become very successful in there careers as EMT/Firefighters. Many of them have used what they have learned in their EMT class to go much further in the medical field. Listen to how she is able to create such a great program and amazing students. Her goal is to continue run a high quality program that teach...

61 MINJUN 25
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The journey of Amanda Thomas from Deputy Fire Chief of a volunteer department to running a college E

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

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 of those difficult and dark times in his career. During some of those times he felt alone and was unwilling to reach out to others for help. He learned a lot about his self going through those hard times. He shares some details about calls that he's had to respond on and how difficult it was to deal with what he had too see. One of those calls just happened to be with his now girlfriend Misty. Chuck wanted to protect her from what she was about to see. Misty shares why she just had to see the scene if she was going to be a firefighter/EMT. That terrible scene still lives in their memories and still effects them to this day. Not all the memories are bad and he shares some of those as well. It's the save's and making a difference in peoples lives that call 911 that keep him going. Chuck looks back over his lifetime and shares what really ...

61 MINJUN 7
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Fire Captain/Paramedic Chuck Shepherd looks back on his career with his girlfriend Misty.

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.

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 become a professional firefighter/paramedic and has been working the last 14 years for Meridian Fire Department. He is not only passionate about the fire service, but is a bee keeper as well. He has been through some struggles during his career and has learned a lot through the process. Recently he checked into a 30 day treatment center to learn how to deal with PTSD from responding to those difficult calls. Living with PTSD took it's toll not only on him, but his family as well. PTSD affects not only mentally, but physically too. Chris tells his story in hopes of helping other First Responders with theirs. He has formed a collaborative in Idaho for police, fire, EMS and dispatchers that focuses on mental health, cancer, health and nutrition and safety items. Chris offers to personally help any First Responder in need and gives a lot a gr...

71 MINMAY 21
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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.

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

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 compared to those working 8 to 5 schedule. Far to often a direct link between the hours worked by a First Reponder and the quality of relationships with loved ones. Being away from home for extended periods often create a divide in personal relationship outside of the work family. She has some great tips on taking for First Responder and taking care of yourself. Self care is import to for everyone but even more so for those that see so much trauma. We are unable to perform at our best when we are out of balance in what Alia describe as the 4 quadrants of life. When one or more of these are out of balance we must engage in self care to fix it which take time. If we don't take the time for self care our bodies, mind, spirit and soul will start to breakdown and which deeply effects our everyday lives. The more demands we put on our bodies the...

65 MINMAY 11
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How to care for your First Responder and yourself with Alia Bate.

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

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 and also took on the job of being a step mom to his three girls. She explains what the effects are on her and their family when her husband Sean is off to work each day. Sean has worked his way up to Sargent and recently lost one his brother's in blue that he supervised. Officer Joseph Shinners was gunned down while trying to arrest a threatening fugitive this last January. The link the story is listed below. Ashley discusses how they're getting through this incredibly difficult time and offers some great advice to others that may be struggling with something similar. LINKS Officer Joseph Shinners story https://www.sltrib.com/news/2019/01/06/provo-police-officer-shot/ Guest Facebook www.facebook.com/ashleyellefsen On Point Supplements www.onpointsupplements.com Sponsor Fire and Fuel Apparel www.fireandfuelapparel.com and use code "badge...

51 MINMAY 2
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The strength within a police officers wife with guest Ashley Ellefsen.

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

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 firefighter in his small hometown of Blanding, Utah for 3.5 year and shares some of his memories fighting fire with his dad. He just started volunteering again at Cedar Valley Fire Department and is working his certifications to test for a full-time position next year. He talks about the how important it is to have the support of his wife as he pursues his passion. He is juggling his family life, work and firefighting training and creating balance between all of them. Todd describe what it feels like to be a "hero" and to be humble. Please help me make this podcast have even more value and impact by leaving a review and rating the episodes. Don't forget to subscribe and get notified of the last episode. Here on Anchor you can leave me a voice message that I will respond to or use in the episodes. Sponsor Fire and Fuel Apparel www.fireandfuela...

52 MINAPR 21
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Rookie volunteer firefighter Todd Stanley's prospective on the fire service.

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

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 firefighter and police officer. There have been many lessons along the way including the one that changed my life when I grabbed a handful of pills bottles and wanted to commit suicide. I will discuss what the things were that lead up to feeling like there was nothing to live for and then how I was able to overcome these thoughts. Over the last few years I have done the deep work to look at myself and rediscovered my passion for being a First Responder. My personal philosophy and why it the guides me through my life: Committed to supporting others in living up to their greatest potential, uplift, and assist in self-discovery, creating true connections, and personal growth through personal coaching. My Vision Statement: Dedicated to creating personal insight, discovery of inner wisdom, motivation, and growth to empower people to reach their true...

45 MINAPR 11
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Part 2 of my own story and near suicide attempt. I talk about how I climbed out of that dark place.

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

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 police officer. There have been many lessons along the way including the one that changed my life when I grabbed a handful of pills bottles and wanted to commit suicide. I will discuss what the things were that lead up to feeling like there was nothing to live for and then how I was able to overcome these thoughts. Over the last few years I have done the deep work to look at myself and rediscovered my passion for being a First Responder. My personal philosophy and why it the guides me through my life: Committed to supporting others in living up to their greatest potential, uplift, and assist in self-discovery, creating true connections, and personal growth through personal coaching. My Vision Statement: Dedicated to creating personal insight, discovery of inner wisdom, motivation, and growth to empower people to reach their true potentia...

48 MINAPR 2
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My own story of Enduring the badge for nearly 30 years and still going.

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

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 firefighters, as well as the family bond he shared with his co-workers. He gives some insight on the technology and safety that is required for the job. Listen to his story of his career as a Firefighter and what he is doing now.

61 MINMAR 23
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The bond of a Firefighting Family... at home and at work

Latest Episodes

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

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 was. Jeff will always love the challenges and rewards of being a First Responder and putting his skills to the test. Like many other First Responders, he loves the relationships he has made with his co-workers and some of those he has been apart of on life saving calls. He share's how much the relationships he made during his career mean to him. We discussed in this episode how we should prepare our families for different events that might happen to us like a mass shooting. Sadly enough less than 24 hours after recording this episode the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton took place. Our thoughts are with all those affected including all those that had to respond to these horrific incidents. Please help me make this podcast have even more value and impact by leaving ...

59 MINAUG 6
Comments
Jeff Francom goes from 15 years as Firefighter/Paramedic and Captain to Emergency Manager.

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

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 community and fire department without the support of her husband. During that time there was that little voice in her head encouraging her to continue to serve and not give into his wishes. Listening to that voice turned out to be a blessing and that lead her to the career she has now. She found the strength to get divorced and start a full-time career managing an EMT program in Utah. Several of her student have placed 1st in national completions which have earned them scholarship money. Her students have gone on to save many lives and become very successful in there careers as EMT/Firefighters. Many of them have used what they have learned in their EMT class to go much further in the medical field. Listen to how she is able to create such a great program and amazing students. Her goal is to continue run a high quality program that teach...

61 MINJUN 25
Comments
The journey of Amanda Thomas from Deputy Fire Chief of a volunteer department to running a college E

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

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 of those difficult and dark times in his career. During some of those times he felt alone and was unwilling to reach out to others for help. He learned a lot about his self going through those hard times. He shares some details about calls that he's had to respond on and how difficult it was to deal with what he had too see. One of those calls just happened to be with his now girlfriend Misty. Chuck wanted to protect her from what she was about to see. Misty shares why she just had to see the scene if she was going to be a firefighter/EMT. That terrible scene still lives in their memories and still effects them to this day. Not all the memories are bad and he shares some of those as well. It's the save's and making a difference in peoples lives that call 911 that keep him going. Chuck looks back over his lifetime and shares what really ...

61 MINJUN 7
Comments
Fire Captain/Paramedic Chuck Shepherd looks back on his career with his girlfriend Misty.

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.

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 become a professional firefighter/paramedic and has been working the last 14 years for Meridian Fire Department. He is not only passionate about the fire service, but is a bee keeper as well. He has been through some struggles during his career and has learned a lot through the process. Recently he checked into a 30 day treatment center to learn how to deal with PTSD from responding to those difficult calls. Living with PTSD took it's toll not only on him, but his family as well. PTSD affects not only mentally, but physically too. Chris tells his story in hopes of helping other First Responders with theirs. He has formed a collaborative in Idaho for police, fire, EMS and dispatchers that focuses on mental health, cancer, health and nutrition and safety items. Chris offers to personally help any First Responder in need and gives a lot a gr...

71 MINMAY 21
Comments
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.

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

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 compared to those working 8 to 5 schedule. Far to often a direct link between the hours worked by a First Reponder and the quality of relationships with loved ones. Being away from home for extended periods often create a divide in personal relationship outside of the work family. She has some great tips on taking for First Responder and taking care of yourself. Self care is import to for everyone but even more so for those that see so much trauma. We are unable to perform at our best when we are out of balance in what Alia describe as the 4 quadrants of life. When one or more of these are out of balance we must engage in self care to fix it which take time. If we don't take the time for self care our bodies, mind, spirit and soul will start to breakdown and which deeply effects our everyday lives. The more demands we put on our bodies the...

65 MINMAY 11
Comments
How to care for your First Responder and yourself with Alia Bate.

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

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 and also took on the job of being a step mom to his three girls. She explains what the effects are on her and their family when her husband Sean is off to work each day. Sean has worked his way up to Sargent and recently lost one his brother's in blue that he supervised. Officer Joseph Shinners was gunned down while trying to arrest a threatening fugitive this last January. The link the story is listed below. Ashley discusses how they're getting through this incredibly difficult time and offers some great advice to others that may be struggling with something similar. LINKS Officer Joseph Shinners story https://www.sltrib.com/news/2019/01/06/provo-police-officer-shot/ Guest Facebook www.facebook.com/ashleyellefsen On Point Supplements www.onpointsupplements.com Sponsor Fire and Fuel Apparel www.fireandfuelapparel.com and use code "badge...

51 MINMAY 2
Comments
The strength within a police officers wife with guest Ashley Ellefsen.

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

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 firefighter in his small hometown of Blanding, Utah for 3.5 year and shares some of his memories fighting fire with his dad. He just started volunteering again at Cedar Valley Fire Department and is working his certifications to test for a full-time position next year. He talks about the how important it is to have the support of his wife as he pursues his passion. He is juggling his family life, work and firefighting training and creating balance between all of them. Todd describe what it feels like to be a "hero" and to be humble. Please help me make this podcast have even more value and impact by leaving a review and rating the episodes. Don't forget to subscribe and get notified of the last episode. Here on Anchor you can leave me a voice message that I will respond to or use in the episodes. Sponsor Fire and Fuel Apparel www.fireandfuela...

52 MINAPR 21
Comments
Rookie volunteer firefighter Todd Stanley's prospective on the fire service.

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

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 firefighter and police officer. There have been many lessons along the way including the one that changed my life when I grabbed a handful of pills bottles and wanted to commit suicide. I will discuss what the things were that lead up to feeling like there was nothing to live for and then how I was able to overcome these thoughts. Over the last few years I have done the deep work to look at myself and rediscovered my passion for being a First Responder. My personal philosophy and why it the guides me through my life: Committed to supporting others in living up to their greatest potential, uplift, and assist in self-discovery, creating true connections, and personal growth through personal coaching. My Vision Statement: Dedicated to creating personal insight, discovery of inner wisdom, motivation, and growth to empower people to reach their true...

45 MINAPR 11
Comments
Part 2 of my own story and near suicide attempt. I talk about how I climbed out of that dark place.

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

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 police officer. There have been many lessons along the way including the one that changed my life when I grabbed a handful of pills bottles and wanted to commit suicide. I will discuss what the things were that lead up to feeling like there was nothing to live for and then how I was able to overcome these thoughts. Over the last few years I have done the deep work to look at myself and rediscovered my passion for being a First Responder. My personal philosophy and why it the guides me through my life: Committed to supporting others in living up to their greatest potential, uplift, and assist in self-discovery, creating true connections, and personal growth through personal coaching. My Vision Statement: Dedicated to creating personal insight, discovery of inner wisdom, motivation, and growth to empower people to reach their true potentia...

48 MINAPR 2
Comments
My own story of Enduring the badge for nearly 30 years and still going.

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

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 firefighters, as well as the family bond he shared with his co-workers. He gives some insight on the technology and safety that is required for the job. Listen to his story of his career as a Firefighter and what he is doing now.

61 MINMAR 23
Comments
The bond of a Firefighting Family... at home and at work