"I think this is a must-read for all first responders, police, fire, paramedics, and others who work in emergency services. I found myself relating to each and every page. Not only is this book powerfully written, but the most important part is that it gives solutions using the C.O.D.E. acronym to help combat the demons that can plague responders. This is a book you will read more than once, and you will refer to again and again!"

Chief Peter Lamb 

"Those who work in emergency services, care about someone who does, or are curious about what those on the front line deal with, should read this book!" 

Ricardo Martinez II, 
founder of the #IAM911 movement
"C.O.D.E provides fascinating stories of extraordinary members of emergency services who witnessed traumatic events that challenged their mental health but have overcome those challenges to heal themselves and inspire others. Essential reading for those in the field.

Dan Zupansky, True Murder podcast.

"This book is a much needed resource for not only all who serve, but for the families and friends of those on call. C.O.D.E. will help those who care about dispatchers, police, fire, EMS, death investigators, coroners, and others in the field, better understand the emotions and effects resulting from these all-too-common scenarios. This is a must read for all!" 

Terri Armenta , Forensic Science Academy 

"The mask. Everyone wears one sometimes — there are even seasons and situations that require it. However, if you aren’t careful, you can become so skilled at screwing it on that you forget how to take it off. Human beings need safe and appropriate places to be themselves and to have fun, but Joe nearly lost himself in work and studies. He could have become one of the staggering statistics of emergency services workaholics who forget how to live life as a human being."

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Anita Agers-Brooks CPT, CLTF, CCS & Darren Dake D-ABMDI, CI, CCI
Inspired By True Events 

Horrific accidents, savage beatings, murder, suicide, autoerotic deaths, overdoses, burned and mutilated bodies: these are nearly every day occurrences for the extraordinary women and men who work in emergency services fields. These selfless individuals are exposed to things the every day person rarely, if ever, sees. 

Yet, the men and women who sacrifice family and self are often taken for granted — or treated as if their work doesn’t matter. In worst cases, they are treated like the bad guys.  

Over time, an accumulation of these experiences allows the slippery tentacles of depression, anxiety, PTSD, and Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder, a/k/a Compassion Fatigue, to grip the minds, bodies, and souls of those who serve. 911 Operators, police, fire, EMS, death investigators, coroners, and others need to know they are not alone.

C.O.D.E. addresses this reality in a real, raw, and relevant way, telling stories inspired by true events and authentic cases. Powerful tips at the end of each chapter offer hope, encouragement, and healing methods — real help for the hurting people who give their all. 

Authors: Anita Agers-Brooks and Darren Dake
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