Edward Rupert MA, PhD candidate, has seen firsthand the consequence of repeated stressors involved with the First Responder life for over 50 years. This knowledge caused Ed to study various ways of dealing with his own experiences and the toll that it takes on the brave men and women. Ed became a Certified Hypnotherapist through the National Guild of Hypnotists and The International Board of Clinical Practitioners. After receiving his MA he continued learning about the management of Post Traumatic Stress and is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Counseling Psychology. Ed has been awarded the prestigious Red Cross of Hutt for his lifelong humanitarian efforts. He is an author, speaker and educator and who spent 13 years as A Police Officer in the Air National Guard, and continued his Law Enforcement career with the Schaumburg, Illinois Police Department, and then The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado, as a Patrol, K-9 Officer, as well as an Investigator of Narcotics and Juvenile and Sex Crimes. Ed also worked as a EMS Paramedic, and private ambulance service owner while still involved in Law Enforcement and then was one of the co-founders of, The International Association of Dive Rescue Specialists and is the co-founder of Larimer County Dive Rescue, after which he spent a 23 year career as a Public Safety Chief, developing creative, and integrated approaches to industrial Firefighting, Law Enforcement and EMS for a Political Subdivision in the State of Colorado. Ed has served on the Advisory Board of a Safehouse for Domestic Violence Survivors, and as a board member of the Poudre Valley Fire Protection District. He is also a past member of the Advisory Board for RESPONDERSTRONG and currently on the board for AIMS Community College Paramedic Program. Ed is also an Adviser to The Board of Directors of 911 For 911 a First Responder Focused 501c3. He has also presented as an invited guest speaker for EMS World Conference in Nashville, Kentucky.