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Link Briggs Sr. served with Mansfield Fire Department, Local 266; he is now retired after serving for 26 years. He is also a Fire Chaplain and the Assistant Pastor at the First Baptist Family Center. Link is currently employed with the Mansfield City Schools. email@example.com
My name is Ryan Patton and I’ve been in the fire service for over 25 years, between the military and Bowling Green Fire Division. I have 4 children and am recently divorced. I enjoy outside activities and volunteering.
My interest in becoming a PEER supporter started out of necessity when one of our members committed suicide in 2017. It wasn’t until then that I realized how the stigma of asking for help could impact a person, family, department and community. I understand reaching out for help can be difficult as I hid my struggles with anxiety, depression, panic attacks and bad calls, for close to 10 years. I felt it was a sign of weakness and embarrassment. IT’S NOT!! Since I started to talking with peers and clinicians, I have a much better understanding on how to deal with issues, struggles and challenges. What I have learned the most, is that I am not alone in dealing with these issues. We all have something we’re going through and or dealing with. For me, getting things off my chest was a massive first step on my way to a better life, both at home and work.
One of my goals is to help others break through the stigma of asking for help is a sign of weakness. I understand the challenges faced with our job, raising a family, divorce and the difficulty of making that first call. If you have any questions, just need to talk or need help finding a clinician, feel free to contact me and we’ll get through this together. I understand the need for confidentiality and will always be respectful of that trust.
Ben has seventeen years of experience in the fire service. He's been a Firefighter/AEMT/Instructor with the Bowling Green Fire Division for the past 11 years. Ben has been married to his wonderful wife for the past 16 years. They have 4 children ranging from 5 to 15 years of age. Ben has been driven to become a part of peer support due to life experiences. From the loss of loved ones at a young age, to substance abuse he witnessed in family and friends, as well as some of his coworkers in the fire service. The final push for Ben, was in 2017 when he lost a beloved fellow firefighter to suicide. This left him feeling that he could have helped had he known his brother was suffering.
Meredith has been a firefighter/paramedic for the Toledo Fire and Rescue Department since 2002. She is divorced and is a proud mother to Garrett, and Marcie. Meredith has always lived her life focusing on helping others, on and off the job. Meredith is also active on Local 92’s Executive Board and chairs the Safety Committee as well as the Health and Wellness Committee. Meredith was diagnosed with clinical depression 20 years ago and PTSD in 2014 after the Toledo double Line of Duty Deaths. Meredith was on duty that day and was one of the paramedics that worked on one of her (our) Brothers. Meredith has a passion for the mental health of firefighters and first responders. She has first-hand knowledge of how to deal with these issues. Meredith is living proof that early diagnosis and treatment works.