Families of the Fallen • Copyright 2011


Pat McOsker, President, United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Local 112
Engineer, Los Angeles City Fire Department

Don McCullough, MS, CMHC
Lieutenant, Rochester, NH Fire Dept.

As a professional firefighter for over 25 years, as well as a clinical mental health counselor involved in working with firefighters and their families, I have found Susan Ortega's protocol for assisting the families of fallen firefighters a profound gift, born of heart breaking personal experience, to the entire fire service community. I consider the protocol to be an enormous resource that I will readily use if the need arises and encourage all fire departments to adopt and have, should tragedy strike. The time to attempt to find a way through to assist a family is not when a LODD occurs. This protocol is pre-planning at its best. It is a straightforward, easy-to-use template that is easily adaptable for local conditions. Thank you Susan for your contribution to the entire fire service family.

Also endorsed by:

Dr. H. Norman Wright MFCC, CTS 2009. Professor, Grad. Dept. and Assoc. Prof. of Psychology at Biola University; Assoc. Prof. of Christian Education and Dir. of Grad. Dept. of Christian Education at Talbot School of Theology and presently Research Professor there. Grad. of Westmont College; Fuller Theological Seminary, (M.R.E.) Pepperdine University, (M.A.) two Honorary Doctorates, D.D. and D.LIT. Conducts seminars on recovering from the losses of life and trauma with current focus on grief and trauma counseling and CSI Debriefings. He is a Certified Trauma Specialist and Traumatologist, and conducts Sudden Death debriefings for various Police and Fire Departments including 5 times in New York post 9/11, and Katrina. He is the Clinical Coordinator for Debriefing Teams for the Bakersfield Fire Department, and the author of over 70 books.

Michael Dahlberg, Captain, Minneapolis, Mn. Station 4, E/4-L/4 B-shift Local 82

John Johnston, Captain, El Dorado Fire Department

Fellowship of Christian Firefighters International

Chris Galbraith, Tacoma Fire Department Honor Guard and Pipes, Tacoma Professional Firefighters Local 31

David Loving, Vice President, Old Diminion Professional Firefighters Burn Foundation, Richmond Virginia

Matthew Scarrozzo, Past President, Middletown Professional Firefighters IAFF
Local 1073

International Police and Fire Chaplains Association

Les Ennis, Firefighter, Tampa Fire Rescue, Local 754, Honor Guard for 15 years

Lieutenant David D. Wilson, Wichita Fire Department, Local 135