By Sean Riley – President & Founder Safe Call Now
March 17th, 2005 – St. Patrick’s Day… a time for celebration, fun and cheer. For me, not so much, rather a time of self-reflection. I wasn’t planning on writing this blog by any means until I realized what day it was and that it was the worst day of my life. 15 years ago today I was indicted by the U.S. Federal Government for Prescription Fraud and turned myself into the United States Marshals Service (USMS) in downtown Seattle, WA to be arrested. Looking back, I was really arrogant and cocky, not believing any of this was going to impact my life in any way, I was a cop… I couldn’t have been more wrong.
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By Vanessa Stapleton – President Armor Up West Virginia
Two years ago today, for the second time, my then husband decided to end his life. This was his second attempt. His PTSD had gone untreated for five years. Today, I don’t even ask myself why he tried to kill himself. After having untreated PTSD for five years, of course he tried to kill himself. Knowing what I know today, I am shocked he made it as long as he did before attempting suicide.
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By Sean Riley – President & Founder – Safe Call Now
The cold hard truth… I really know nothing about being a great father, not even a decent father. I know what it takes to survive in the world of law enforcement, I know what it’s like to support the “Thin Blue Line” at all costs, I reveled in the “Brotherhood and Sisterhood” but I failed miserably as a father. The day that badge was pinned on my chest, authority and leadership were bestowed upon me to carry out societies duties and see to it good always prevailed over evil. Little did I know that someday I would become the evil that I swore to protect others from. It’s not the evil that you think, it’s much worse because it’s those attributes and traits that kept me safe on the streets that I brought home to my child and projected onto them. I had become a monster.
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