Hi I'm Kam.
I am very excited to be a part of the ERTC's Regional Peer Support Team. I have a long history of working with First Responders that goes back over 20 years; beginning with The Larimer County Sheriff's Office and Fort Collins Police Services. I was an integral part of building the Victim Advocate Program and of which I became the Coordinator. I continued to develop the Advocate program; creating and building a solid foundation which continues today. While immersed in that capacity I have worked with both Victims and First Responders during many "High-Profile" incidents and have a real passion for taking care of those who care for others. I am a NREMT-IV and a Certified Personal Trainer and have two adult children and a grand-daughter and resides with my husband in Northern Colorado.
Hi I'm Matt.
I obtained his BSM from Regis University in 2000, and immediately began work in the ICU at Swedish Medical Center. After 8 years I was given the opportunity to follow my childhood dream of becoming a Flight Nurse and began working for AirLife Denver in 2009, and continue that work today. As one would imagine from this career path, I have an experience with, Post Traumatic Stress, (PST) which unfortunately left me confused, and I considered leaving the career I love. Fortunately with some Peer Support assistance, I was able to navigate that event. I found that as I responded to a multitude of AirLife responses, which are normally very critical patients, many other First Responders, all over the Region, had the potential for similar stressors that I had experienced. These events sparked my interest in the mental health of my other Flight Team Members, as well as other first responders and getting the support they needed to perform their critical roles in the care of others. I attended ERTC's Peer Support Academy and was inspired to do more to help my fellow Brothers and Sisters in First Response, not only in my work group but also on a more Regional basis.
I am a 37 year veteran Sheriff’s Deputy. I received my degree from Mesa College in Grand Junction Colorado, and began my career at the Mesa County Sheriff’s office. I started working for the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office in 1986, and have served in the Jail, and as a Patrol Deputy. I joined the Larimer County Regional SWAT team, as a negotiator, in 1996. I am the recipient of 2 Lifesaving medals, Meritorious Service, and Distinguished Service during my tenure as a Deputy. I am assigned to the School Resource Officer Unit, as well as serving as an Advisor for Explorer Post 909, and Liaison for the Larimer County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse.
I understand the climate of First Responders and how difficult it is to reach out and ask for help. Having attended the ERTC's Peer Support Academy, it further emphasized to me how important it is to change the stigma of "behavioral health" in Emergency Services.
Hi, I'm Faith.
Having grown up with a First Responder family, (My father is a Law Enforcement Officer), my future was set on being part of this group of brave women and men. I remember doing ride-a-longs with my father and other first responders and noticing the effect the calls had on my family and friends. The excitement and the feeling of "Family" in most First Responders, be it Law Enforcement, Fire or EMS, I was determined to be involved. When I became old enough I took her first EMT class and began a journey in assisting others who are unable to care for themselves. I found herself working full time for over 5 years with Thompson Valley Ambulance Service at which point I eventually looked towards a career as a Medic/Firefighter with Wellington Fire Protection District. I earned my NREMT-IV in 2013 and I am looking to further my education as a Paramedic/Firefighter while becoming an integral part of the ERTC's Regional Peer Support Team. I currently serve as an adjunct EMS educator for Front Range Community College Systems and I recently was hired as a full-time EMT-IV for UCHEALTH EMS.
Hi, I'm Britney,
I am very excited to be a part of ERTC's Regional Support Team. I have been involved in the Fire/EMS service since 2009 and I have a real passion for the work of all First Responders. I started in the Fire Service with LaSalle Colorado Fire Protection District in Colorado in 2009, I am currently a Driver Operator - Utility and Pumper qualified and certified as a Fire Instructor 1 and a CPR Instructor. I am also the Trainer/Handler of my Rottweiler, Certified Therapy K-9 Kodiak who may look intimidating but is just a big "Teddy Bear". Kodiak and I are looking forward to working and training more with ERTC and the NOCO Regional Peer Support team.
Hello, I'm Erin,
I am excited to be a part of the Northern Colorado Peer Support Team. I came out to Colorado from Minnesota in 1996 to go to college. I attended Colorado State University where I received my bachelor’s in Biology/Pre-med and minored in Anatomy/Neurobiology. After graduation, I decided to take an EMT class to get hours for PA school. It was this class that made me fall in love with emergency medicine. It also happens to be where I met my husband, Jay. After obtaining my national EMT certification, I went on to teach EMT class for Front Range Community College and Poudre Fire Authority, while volunteering for PVH Ambulance.I started working at PVH in EMS in 2004. In May 2007, I started the second bachelors program in nursing at University of Northern Colorado. In January of 2009, I transferred from EMS to the Emergency room at PVH, where I continue to work as a Registered Nurse. Outside of work, my husband, (who also works EMS) and I, love to travel, explore, learn about nature, read, do photography and spend time with family and friends. I am excited to be working with the Regional Peer Support Team as we build a stronger alliance with the emergency rooms of northern Colorado.
Hello, I'm Pam,
I am a Colorado native, born and raised I attended the University of Colorado, Boulder where I earned my Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. I became an EMT and began volunteering with A-1 Ambulance of Boulder. I found myself completely hooked to EMS; progressing from EMT to paramedic to flight paramedic. I worked in Boulder County for AMR and Pridemark before getting married (yes, we met at work) and moving to N. Colorado. While working for Weld County Paramedics I was given the opportunity to fly for North Colorado Med Evac, where I still am today. After 10 years of flying and a total of 25+ years of EMS, I am still in love. EMS has both devastated and destroyed me and saved me and made me a better person. The people in my EMS family are extremely dear to my heart and I am grateful for the support and challenges I have had over the years. I hope to be able to help the people with whom I am privileged to work and play to live the best lives possible. When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my husband, a Captain at Poudre Fire Authority, our two amazing and wonderful children, and our goofy dog, Steve. We love CrossFit (duh), paddleboarding, traveling, and dreaming about retirement (I’m a paramedic…we don’t retire!!!!).
Hello, I'm Curt.
I am excited to be a member of the ERTC's Regional Peer Support Team, so I can assist fellow first responders. I believe I am a valuable resource, as I have firsthand experience as a first responder. I was a volunteer firefighter for 17 years in New Jersey. I came to Colorado in 2008 and have 5 years experience as a Jail Deputy between Weld and Larimer Counties.
I have also overcome severe depression and anxiety and wish to help others struggling with these conditions. Everyone needs to know they are not alone in the fight. I believe there needs to be more awareness that there is help and resources out there and that there is nothing wrong with asking for it.
I am currently living my dream and run my own business restoring vintage cars. I enjoy collecting cars, 4-wheeling in my vintage Jeep and getting outdoors, kayaking, hiking, and listening to live music.
Hi, I’m Tom.
I grew up in Houston, and always felt if I lived in a small community I would check out the local fire department. In 2012 my wife and I started volunteering with the USFS in Red Feather Lakes, and I discovered Red Feather Lakes VFD would let me serve during the summer we were up here. The next year we moved to Wellington, making my service to RFLVFD more permanent.
This is my 7thyear with RFLVFD. I was fortunate to spend three years with Wellington’s fire dept, and that is where I did my peer support training. I am also involved with Northern Larimer County Emergency Response Area (NLCERA) advisory committee. I am very excited that ERTC is expanding to include services to rural departments.
When we left Houston, I was working toward an associate degree in human services, hoping to continue afterward toward higher education. I hope to pick up studies again, as this is a field that I am excited to be involved with. I love being involved with the fire service, emergency responders, and hope to be of service in any way I can.