After witnessing my mother in a domestic violence situation when I was five, and then my brother's death at 17, I became a police officer and then a detective. After 20 years of faithfully performing my duties, I started to feel burnt out and turned to coaches who helped me understand the power of my story. This inspired me to found Hero Coach LLC to help other first responders bring out the power of their story and start their own business. Transcript: "The thing that inspired me to want to become a police officer and eventually found the hero coach LLC is that when I was five years old, I was jumping off, my mother's couch pillow case, tied around my neck, I wanted to be a superhero. When I was 9 years old, I witnessed my mother in a domestic violence situation, and I had to climb out of my bedroom window. First, first story and run to the neighbor's house and call the police. They were the people who came Came and saved me when saved my mother, when I was too small to help her myself, that memory stuck with me, a long time, when I was 21 and then my younger brother was 17 years old. He was killed at a party. The homicide detectives came and delivered the news to my mother in response to that. I became a police officer, and then a detective to protect and serve people. After I started to feel burnt out, After performing my duties Faithfully. For 20 years, I turned to coaches and those coaches, they helped me to understand that there's a power inside of my story. I go by Super Dave, not because of an s on my chest, or because I used to wear a vest. I go by Super Dave, because I know the power of my story and I know the power of your story, that's what I help other First Responders to do, bring out the power of this story, use it to create a brand around themselves and to start their very own business."
When arriving at a fire scene, firefighters take a comprehensive look at the entire situation. They check out the layout of the building, the roofline, and any basement windows. They ask themselves questions about what is in front of them and to their left and right. Every firefighter has their own way of approaching a scene, but they all have to find what works best for them. Transcript: "Hi, the question I have is, can you walk us through the steps that firefighters take when they arrive at a fire scene? Well, I tell you, as a firefighter in the backseat, there are different steps that I take differently than what your officer does at the scene. Your officer's doing a size up and giving everybody a painting a picture of what he's got in front of him. As I get off the fire truck and I approach the scene, what I am doing, and I've done this for a long time, is I look at the entire picture. I mean, and it's hard. A lot of times everybody gets these blinders on and you only see one thing. But what you have to do is you have to take a look at the entire situation. You have to look at the big picture. You're at a house, you look at the entire house. You look at the ground. What is the layout? Is it a ranch style? Is it a two-story? Is it a duplex? You have to look to see if there's basement windows. You look above. What do you have above? What's the roofline like? You take a big picture of everything you've got. As you're looking at the situation, you're getting an idea of what it looks like. Are those bedroom windows off to the right? To the left? To the right? What do you have in front of you? So you have to take a look at the entire scene and ask yourself different questions as you approach it. That's the way I've done it. Again, you have different ways. Every firefighter has their different ways. There is no right way. But every firefighter has to find what works for them. And that's what I have done."
When responding to a body recovery call, the process can vary depending on the situation. For example, an extrication from a car accident, a suicide or an overdose in an attic. The odor is always the same and something that will stay with you forever. It's a tough call to handle. Transcript: "Hi, I've got a question here that says, can you describe the process of responding to a body recovery call? When you're doing a body recovery, it's, you know, there's could be several things that have happened. We've gone on car accidents that we've had to extricate the deceased party, suicides. We've had to help the coroner bag up the deceased party. We even had one where a mid-20s fella had overdosed and went up in his attic and had died. And his parents hadn't seen him for about three months, but the neighbors had a smell in the neighborhood. We finally narrowed it down to the attic. And when we found him, we had to help the coroner take the body out of the attic. We ended up cutting the roof, just like we were doing a ventilation, in order to get the body out. The body, every time you picked it up, it fell apart. So each body recovery is a little different. The odor is still the same. It stays with you forever. It's just, it's a smell that you don't wish on anybody. They're tough calls."
Firefighters train by practicing like they would on a real call, pushing themselves to find their own limitations and discover what their capabilities are. Transcript: "Hi, I've got a question here. How do firefighters train to better understand their own limitations and emotional reactions? Well, firefighters, when you train, there's all sorts of levels of training. I mean, if I go out and I just, you know, you take it as far as you want. Each firefighter is different. You could see the ones that have the passion for the job, the ones that want to learn, they take training to the top limit. I mean, when you go out and train, you train like you play. I mean, you get out there and you do everything exactly like you would on a regular call and you find out how far you could take that. What's your limitations on a call? How, it's just, it's invaluable as far as how far you train and how you make it. You could go slow and easy or you could hit it hard and find your limitations."
I am able to relax efficiently if I get too nervous by putting in the reps, practicing what I need to do, and focusing on my breathing and mindset. Exercising and keeping myself mentally fit also helps me to remain calm in nerve-racking situations. Transcript: "Am I able to relax efficiently if I get too nervous? It's rare that it's a rare situation that I actually get nervous. I get nervous before going on stage to talk to people, I get nervous for. Am I going to be powerful enough in my delivery? That I affect change in their hearts? So I get nervous when I have to do something that I feel like I haven't truly prepared enough. F4. That's when I get nervous but I believe, confidence comes from the Reps. So if you practice something, you practice your talk again and again, you practice something. I, you know, you rehearse, you you practice you go through at hundreds and hundreds of times. You put in the Reps, you don't feel nervous. I'm able to relax in situations that other people would find nerve-racking. Because I put in the Reps, I work on my breathing and and when I'm not doing that, I am exercising, I'm walking, I'm focus on my breathing, I'm focusing on my mindset. I'm always preparing my mind and my body at the same time I'm training Like a Warrior or all time. So I keep myself in shape so that I keep myself mentally fit so that I can serve you to the best of my capacity. So I really feel nervous only if I feel that I haven't truly prepared like I know that I should have. All right."
Building resilience in business and life can be done by understanding your own story of resilience and pushing yourself through challenges. Knowing that you have the strength to overcome obstacles will help you create more opportunities for yourself. Transcript: "People can build resilience in their business, Life by understanding that you have something special the story that you've been given the story that, you know, that's within you that you can share with other people, is your story of Chris distance any time that you've overcome an obstacle that is building your muscle, a resiliency, any time that you've gone through a trauma and you've come out triumphant, that is your story of resiliency, you know? Know that you've pushed through things before you're still standing. That's your story of resiliency. You carry that with you as you leave the first responder world and you go into business. If you've ever fail at something tried and then came through on the other side you know that you can be resilient you know that you have resilience in you you know what you need to do. It's just about getting in the Reps you know, if one opportunity Falls, you know that You're creating more and more opportunities for yourself just by being resilient."