About the blue line speaks
The Blue Line Speaks gives a voice to Police Officers involved in critical incidents. These incidents are often life threatening or life altering with after effects that linger. The Blue Line Speaks gives officers the platform and freedom to Share stories of overcoming dangerous situations and survival.
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Through this program, the Badge of Honor is also helping the community better understand what Officers deal with on a day to day basis, from a first-hand perspective. In addition, the Badge of Honor Association emphasizes to fellow officers affected that they are not alone and will always have a supportive outlet.
The Blue Line Speaks: Joe's Story
Joe is a veteran Deputy Sheriff with the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. He responded to a 911 hang up call, which he and many other officers routinely respond to. Joe quickly learned there was nothing routine about this call.
Feet away from an elementary school, Joe found himself in a gun battle with a deranged, mentally ill suspect. Joe’s will to survive and protect others in the area, including the children in the school, is a miraculous story of heroism and strength.
This is Joe’s opportunity to share his story, and struggle. We recognize the severity of the mental and physical trauma that critical incidents cause. The Blue Line Speaks program helps Officer’s dealing with the after-effects of these incidents and connects Officers with peers.
The blue line speaks: Branden's Story
This is Branden’s story of how he had to make a split second decision and was forced to shoot a suspect who was endangering himself, his partner, and crowds of people.
Due to the injuries sustained, Branden had to ultimately retire early. Through his work with the Badge of Honor, Brandon now mentors Officers who are dealing with the after-effects of being involved in critical incidents.