Healing The Blue, LLC is a unique consulting and training group of public service veterans that specializes in offering services to initiate and enhance programs designed for first responders. We bring wellness to warriors.
John Pfaehler, Principal
John is a police officer with a department in a large metropolitan area. He has been in law enforcement for over 25 years starting his career in Pennsylvania. He moved to the West Coast where he served as park police officer before heading back East. John is a state certified enhanced instructor. During his career, he has been a field training officer, a firearms instructor, an ECD instructor, and a canine handler. John has received several awards from state and local organizations including his agency's second highest award five times. In 2009, he was his agency's nominee for the American Legion's Officer of the Year. John initiated and developed his agency’s wellness program following his own personal struggles. It is one of the most comprehensive initiatives in his state. John has presented at the Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) Officer Wellness and Trauma National Conference, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Destination Zero National Conference, as well as multiple conferences for Blue H.E.L.P, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to mental wellness and suicide prevention within the law enforcement community.
John is a member of his county police peer support team as well as a member of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. He also serves our country as a military reservist. Since 2011, he has participated in the Police Unity Tour, which honors officers killed in the line of duty. For the past three years of the Tour, John has dedicated it to police officers who have committed suicide in an ongoing effort to raise awareness, compel action, and honor their service.
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Jeremy has been a peace officer for a large state agency on the West Coast for almost 20 years. He has served in multiple capacities including field training officer, emergency medical technician (EMT) and academy instructor for his department. Jeremy spearheaded the effort to establish his agency's first organized peer support program and has been involved in many critical incidents including officer-involved shootings, homicide scenes, as well as some events of national significance such as California's deadliest wildfire in over a century, the 2018 Camp Fire. He is trained in basic and advanced peer support counseling and has a certification in basic critical incident stress management (CISM)
Jeremy has also participated in the Police Unity Tour.
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Melissa Boyce is a law enforcement park ranger with the National Park Service. She has worked for NPS for almost 17 years in a variety of positions across the country. Melissa has been a peer supporter for the National Critical Incident Stress Management Team. She currently serves as the National Capital Region Emergency Medical Services Co-Coordinator. As a participant in the NPS GOAL Leadership Academy, her group project focused on employee mental health and wellness.
She has a certification from the Federal Bureau of Investigation Law Enforcement Instructor School (LEIS). Based on her expertise and experience, Melissa then developed a training at LEIS that addresses stress and performance as it relates to the law enforcement profession. Melissa teaches Emergency Medical Response and CPR/AED/First Aid through the American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI). She has taught Operational Leadership, which is an initiative based on a United States Coast Guard program. One of the ASHI's modules focuses on stress and performance which Melissa enjoys teaching. Within the last few years, she was also invited to teach stress and performance at the West Virginia State Parks annual in-service training.
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