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September Criminal Justice Series
The dynamic role of a First Responder

First responders are at the forefront of numerous incidents, including disasters of all kinds. They protect people, animals, and property, while managing challenging and intense situations as they unfold. First responders are in high-risk situations and subjected to multiple forms of trauma. The very nature of first responders’ jobs takes a toll on them—perhaps even more now than in the past given the COVID-19 pandemic, existing racial tensions, and wildfires in the western United States, including several in Colorado.

Our September Criminal Justice Series event focuses on the challenges that first responders face and ways to mitigate the stresses of the job. It also looks at the current environment in the first responders’ world and ways to move forward while managing present difficulties.

Panelists

Patrick Fitzgibbons
Retired Police Commander from Colorado
Lecturer at CU Denver School of Public Affairs

Rhonda Kelly
Retired Aurora CO firefighter
National Director of Health, Wellness and Resilience
Founder of Responder Strong

Moderator
Hailey Davis
CU Denver School of Public Affairs
Master of Criminal Justice Student
Vice President of the Criminal Justice Honors Society

Sep 29, 2020 05:30 PM in Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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