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Public Safety Task Force

This task force supports efforts to prevent suicide among those who work in occupations related to public safety (e.g., firefighters, dispatchers, law enforcement officials, emergency medical personnel, correctional officers).

Highlights include:

Task Force Co-Leads

  • John Morrissey, Former Chief (ret.), Kenosha Wisconsin Police Department (Private Sector)
  • CAPT Scott Salvatore, PsyD, Lead, Psychological Health, Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Public Sector)
  • Victor Stagnaro, Managing Director, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (Private Sector)    

Members

  • Sarah Bernes, Behavioral Health Specialist, International Association of Firefighters 
  • Janet Blair, Team Lead, Mortality Surveillance Team, Division of Injury Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Dawn Castillo, Director, Division of Safety Research, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Ed Conlin, Division Director, National Fire Protection Association
  • Howard Cook, Executive Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Association
  • Kym Craven, Executive Director, National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives
  • Dwayne Crawford, Executive Director, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement
  • Terrence Cunningham, Deputy Executive Director, International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Katie Elkins, EMS Specialist, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 
  • Dia Gainor, Executive Director, National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials
  • Domingo Herraiz, Director of Programs, International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Ed Kilma, Managing Director, First Responder Center for Excellence for Reducing Line of Duty Deaths and Injuries
  • Chief Paul Maniscalco, President Emeritus, Founding Member, International Association of Emergency Medical Services Chiefs 
  • Suzanne Marsh, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Jim Pasco, Executive Director, Fraternal Order of Police
  • Russell Sanders, Director, National Fire Protection Association
  • John ('Ed') Sullivan, Chief, International Association of Fire Chiefs
  • Hope Tiesman, Research Epidemiologist, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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