Criminal Justice Evolution Podcast: Jimmy Keefe - Retired Firefighter and Shatterproof Team Member
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A special thank you to YOU. The criminal justice professional. You put it all on the line every day. You are a very special person. I hope you know that. Remember you have much support and remember you are loved. Please be safe and keep up the great work.
I struggled. I was in a dark place for a long time. I was in pain, and I masked it with alcohol. I was contemplating hurting myself. I finally decided to reach out and ask for help, and I am grateful I did. FHE Health and The Shatterproof Program saved my life. If you are struggling, you don’t have to stay there. We can and will help you. Reach out today at 303.960.9819.
People often ask me what makes FHE Health and Shatterproof for First Responders so special. I give them two responses. 1) Their unique program that is designed specifically for the first responder community, and 2) The amazing people that work in the Shatterproof Program. Most of the people on the Shatterproof Team are former First Responders or Military Veterans which means THEY GET IT. They have been where you are and reached out for help.
One of those amazing individuals is a good friend of mine, Jimmy Keefe. Jimmy Keefe, a retired firefighter and Resident Manager in Shatterproof FHE Health treatment program for first responders. Jimmy spent 27 years fighting fires in his hometown of New Brunswick, New Jersey. During that time, he witnessed 40 deaths and made some harrowing rescues.
One of them was a five-year-old girl. By the time Keefe was able to pull her from the flames and carry her out of a burning building, she was unconscious, having endured third-degree burns that covered 72 percent of her body. At the time, Keefe was a young firefighter—just 22—and the traumatic memories of that night would haunt him years later. They would return in dreams, flashbacks and intense feelings of guilt and failure that he eventually tried to numb with drugs and alcohol.
Jimmy eventually reached out for help and his treatment at Shatterproof, like me, saved his life. Keefe is an advocate for treatment and recovery not just because he sees it every day in the lives of other first responders, but he understands how the trauma and depression with first responders work.
Jimmy was an instrumental figure in my recovery at Shatterproof and I am honored and grateful to call him a good friend.
We dive deep in this show, and Jimmy talks openly about his journey. Find Jimmy here:
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