Dawn Law, NRP, has been in EMS for over 20 years. Her career started in the fire service as a volunteer Firefighter before entering into EMS in 1999. Dawn has served in multiple agencies in Gloucester County, Atlantic County, and Cape May County areas as well as a Trauma Tech for ACMC and a Civilian EMT for McGuire AFB. In 2007 Dawn completed Paramedic school through Virtua’s Paramedic Science Program and has since worked as a Paramedic serving multiple counties.
My name is Matt Giacopelli, I grew up in Queens and Huntington, Long Island. I started in EMS as a Cadet at SUNY Maritime College in the Bronx, serving as a volunteer on the campus Rescue Squad and at Throggs Neck Volunteer Ambulance Corps. It was at Maritime my sophomore year when a bout of depression nearly led me to jump from my 6th floor dorm window.
Graduating in 1996 with a degree in Meteorology and Oceanography, and a Third Mate's license, I sailed on commercial ships for a few years before I came ashore and made EMS a career.
I worked at a few private agencies out on Long Island before being hired by Stony Brook University Hospital EMS in 1999. That same year, I entered Stony Brook's Paramedic Program and graduated in June of 2000. I worked at Stony Brook, becoming a Flight Medic there, until 2010 when we moved to York County, Pennsylvania. Currently, I’m a full time paramedic for York Regional EMS and work part time at Southern York County EMS.
Starting in 2008, I have been a JEMS Games Volunteer/judge at the annual EMS Today Conference. Since fall of 2018, I have channeled my mental health challenges from college into a live talk called "The Night I Almost Jumped: EMS Culture and EMS Suicide". This has been given at a handful of conferences and continuing education sessions in hopes that I can spread the message that it's okay to not be okay, and it's okay to talk about our mental health.
Dr. John G. Fleishman
Rev. Dr. John G. Fleischmann has been in EMS since 1976, and has served as both an EMT and Paramedic in Southern New Jersey and New York. He is an ordained Lutheran pastor serving in a parish on Eastern Long Island since 1986, actively continuing in EMS throughout his ministry. He is trained in pastoral counseling, holding the Master of Divinity degree and a Doctorate in Ministry. He is a Diplomate in the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, and is a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress with the AAETS, specializing in Moral Injury. He is the director of the Suffolk County, NY Emergency Services CISM team, and has served as an emergency services chaplain since 1988. He is also an Approved Instructor for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.
Jennifer Dashkova is dedicated to helping fellow first responders in the area of mental health and resiliency. Her education includes a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, various nursing certifications, is Certified in Critical Incident Stress Management (CCISM), and has taken various classes at the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.
Debra L. Bell, MS, CCEMTP, EMT-T, NJ-CEM. Debbie has been involved in EMS for 36 years and continues to work as a field paramedic for Inspira Health Network EMS where she also serves as an instructor. Debbie has a Bachelor’s degree in HealthCare Administration, a Masters degree in Disaster Management and Medicine, a graduate certificate in Homeland Security, and a Masters in Cyber and Homeland Security.