Surviving the Last Call
I have had the honor of being a part of the multiple 1st Responder Conferences, C.O.P.S. family weekends, and speak at police/fire/EMS trainings where I speak about losing my husband in the line of duty (see story below).
First Responders never run from the heat of the fire or fear of staring into the wrong end of a weapon. Most dance with a lack of fear of mortality. They never think it will happen to them and never think about the “what if.”
We often try to honor someone’s memory by dealing with the pain in unhealthy ways instead of learning to heal our hearts, see the smiles behind the tears, and overcome the fear of a new normal.
Like so many others, I feel our hero's mental health and wellness are very important to maintain.
I teach First Responders, as well as their loved ones, tools that will allow them to learn how to process the events they have faced and work through the situations that may occur in the future.
If I can be of service to you or your team, please contact me and let me know how I can help.
Excellent class! It was really eye opening hearing the experience of the LODD death. You never hear it from the other side and their experience. Makes you really step back and look at things we do in the fire service such as last call and how it can take a toll on the family when not explained the processes
Bethann was the star of the performance on this one. I was riveted by every word. Our department historically has done terribly with LODD. I want them to come to our department to present to senior staff. Thank you so much for sharing such a heartbreaking saga. Really hit home hard. We need to do better.
Loved her. Down to earth and full of knowledge.
On a cold dark March night, my husband Dan McIntosh suddenly passed away in the line of duty. Dan was a 13-year veteran of the Bensalem Emergency Medical Services, a Medic for the Bucks County Southern SWAT Team and the Bucks County Hazardous Material SWAT Team, a Hulmeville Borough Police Officer, and a Volunteer Firefighter for the Point Pleasant Fire Company and Nottingham Fire Department.
Over the last 10 years, I have been working with families of First Responders and was a key contributor to the passing of the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Improvements Act of 2012, expanding the benefit coverage for volunteer First Responders.