Happy Fathers Day… Take Your Lumps Like A Man

By Sean Riley

So…  how do you say thank you to a man who worked 40 plus years in a factory and provided me with every opportunity he never had in life and then I crushed his heart and became a drug addict and ultimately indicted by the Federal Government for “Doctor Shopping”…  Well let me start here.

I want to introduce to everyone my father, Tim Riley.  I think the thing I respect most about him is he’s my “father” not my friend.  I’ll tell you later why this was so important in saving my life.  He’s the kind of man that has always been there to help others. Whenever anything went wrong in our entire family my dad was always there to make it all work out. Is he a pushover…  hell no, never was, never will be.  He’s a man of character, faith, ethics and family values.

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The Life of a Corrections Officer

By Captain Tammy Norton

The public watches many new TV episodes these days of “Orange is the New Black” or “Prison Break” and they wonder, what is it really like to work in a prison setting?  Sean prompted me to write a piece for the blog and intimidated I was, not because I didn’t have plenty to say, I have worked in prison settings for the past 21 years-I just didn’t know how to say it, but here it goes.

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First Responders And PTSD: Causes And Coping

By Joseph Hunter, M.A., First Responder Wellness Program

Many people can go their whole lives without witnessing a traumatic event.  However, this can be almost a daily occurrence for first responders.  Because of their work, they can develop post-traumatic stress disorder as it can occur after they experience a scary, shocking or dangerous event.  Because first responders are exposed to disturbing situations constantly due to their job, they are twice as likely to experience PTSD.

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