Doug's Story

Healing Families Fighting Silent Battles

FOR Energy is pleased to announce a first-of-its kind program with our local firefighting community. We have committed to help a local firefighter regain his well-being and resiliency to expand his leadership role within the department and community. This is done with our partnership with Heal The Hero Foundation. 


My name is Doug, and I am a captain in the fire service, serving the East Valley. I’ve lived in the area for over thirty five years, graduated from an East Valley high school,  and I have been a firefighter for twenty four years.  I was attracted to the fire service because of the physical nature of the work, the challenge of solving urgent crises and the opportunity to positively affect lives.

While I served as a Battalion Chief for eight years, my real love has always been the street and running calls. That’s why I do what I do these days. I love the opportunity to directly serve people from all walks of life.  I have interacted with thousands of people during my career, and I see them as a tapestry of a fascinating experience which has enabled me to expand many of my viewpoints about people and life.

As many people know, there is a toll that is taken by being a firefighter – not just the physical, but the emotional and mental. Those mount during a twenty four year career. And for me as a chief, I had the daily stress and pressures of facing so many new and relentless problems.

The impact on my career is that today I feel I’m slowly losing a mental edge as a result of the effects of sleep issues and stress. I have always prided myself on quick reaction times and decision-making and on being emotionally resilient. I see this edge slipping.

When a family friend told me about Heal The Hero, it peaked my interest because I was looking for something cutting-edge – with no drugs. After spending time with Heal The Hero and having a demo of the technologies, the program makes so much sense. The brain is the master regulator of the body and emotions.

I also am enrolling in the program because I want to be an example for my son, who has completed two tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. He suffers the effects of war stress, and my intention is to share my experience of Heal The Hero and encourage his participation as well.

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