Episode 48: Dr. Donnie Hutchinson | Reluctant Yet Thankful Workshop Attendees

In episode 48 of “Get Balanced,” host Dr. Donnie Hutchinson discusses the challenges and rewards of getting firefighters and law enforcement officers to a workshop.  The workshop title is not rough and tough; therefore, first responders might shy away from it.  However, Yuma, AZ Police Training Supervisor Ruth Hernandez provides some tips on how her command staff fixed the issue. …

Episode 46: Sgt. Betsy Smith (Ret) | Focus on the Positive

Episode 46 features Sgt. Betsy Smith, the spokesperson for the National Police Association, Betsy shares the importance of focusing on the positive elements of law enforcement.  She discusses her journey of self-care, working two jobs, and turning down a promotion because the timing was not right.  Also, she talks about her Christian faith and how her spiritual wellness has played …

Episode 45: Life Scan Learning Lab Edition | Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell

In episode 45 of the Life Scan Learning Lab edition, co-host Todd LeDuc and I have a very insightful conversation with Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell.  Lori is the President and CEO of the International Public Safety Data Institute.   One of the highlights includes an eye-opening discussion about resiliency with the youngest generation in our workforce.  Listen as Todd and Lori the …

Episode 44: Asst. Fire Chief Eric Valliere | Relieve Stress to Focus on Success

An instant classic!  In episode 44, Assistant Fire Chief Eric Valliere of the Scottsdale Fire Department shares several remarkable stories about his journey through the fire service.  If you are looking for some ideas and inspiration on how to be successful, happy, and healthy at work and at home, this episode is for you.  Chief Valliere has been enjoying his …

Episode 43: Life Scan Learning Lab Edition | UC Davis Fire Chief Nathan Trauernicht

In episode 43, co-host Todd LeDuc and I interview Fire Chief Nathan Trauernicht of the UC Davis Fire Department.  Chief Trauernicht currently serves as President of the Oklahoma State University Alumni Assn. – Chief Fire Officers Chapter, Co-Chair of California FirstNet (CalFRN), Member at Large on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Safety Health …

Episode 42: Paul Butler | Kindest Man in the Room

In Episode 42, you will be moved by the Paul Butler Experience.  There are many life-enhancing nuggets of information in this podcast from Paul’s stories, humor, and love for people.  Paul Butler served in law enforcement for 27-years and is now an internationally renowned speaker, presenter, instructor, and entertainer.  Paul Butler Presentations is where he shares how a healthy attitude …

Episode 41: Life Scan Learning Lab Edition | FCSN President Bryan Frieders

In episode 41, co-host Todd LeDuc and I interview President Bryan Frieders of the Firefighter Cancer Support Network. Bryan is the retired Fire Chief of the Pasadena (CA) Fire Department. He is a well-known speaker on the topic of firefighter health and safety, leadership, and cancer risk reduction.  If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, Bryan wants you to call or …

Episode 40: Brandon Griffith | Earn Each Day

In Episode 40, you will hear the story about a law enforcement officer who died, came back to life, and now lives to “Earn Each Day”.  Brandon Griffith is an out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest survivor who dropped dead in his home at the age of 26 from an electrical malfunction in his heart. He was saved by his wife and …