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First Responder's Suicide Deterrence
Task Force

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The First Responder's Suicide Deterrence Task Force is charged with making recommendations on how to reduce the incidence of suicide and attempted suicide among employed or retired first responders in the state. The Task Force will identify and make recommendations on developing training programs and materials that would better enable first responders to cope with personal life stressors and stress related to their profession and foster a culture that:

  1. Promotes mutual support and solidarity among active and retired first responders
  2. Trains agency supervisors and managers to identify suicidal risk among active and retired first responders
  3. Improves the use and awareness of existing resources among active and retired first responders
  4. Educates active and retired first responders on suicide awareness and help-seeking

Annual Reports of the Task Force

First Responder Task Force 2022 Report

First Responder Task Force 2021 Report

Meeting Information

The Task Force meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 2:00pm. Meetings are open to the public.
See events calendar for meeting information.

Task Force Member List

Representing Appointed Official

Florida Professional Firefighters’ Association*

Mike Salzano, Chair

Florida Police Benevolent Association*

Michael “Mick” McHale

Florida State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police*

Rob Strout

Florida Sheriffs Association*

Matt Dunagan

Allie McNair

Florida Police Chiefs Association*

Charles Vazquez

Florida Fire Chiefs Association*

Keith Cartwright

Statewide Office for Suicide Prevention*

Anna Sever

Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Matt Walsh

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

Derrick Rahming

Retired Firefighter

Ryan Gallik

Miami Gardens Police Department

Tim Adams

Michael Dillon

Sam Espinosa

Miami Gardens Police Department Crime Scene Unit

Willard Delancy

St. Petersburg College

Mary VanHaute, co-chair

2nd Alarm Project

Kellie O’Dare

Lance Butler

Florida Hero Helpline/Last to Ask for Help campaign

(Crisis Center of Tampa Bay)

Manny Guevara-Ruiz

Eric Bledsoe

Licensed Mental Health Counselor,
Compassion Focus Counseling

Alisha Singh

Lee County EMS

Nicci Reed

James Nunez

* Indicates voting member