"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."
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.