In keeping with our original commitment to donate the proceeds of our para cord bracelets, we have joined forces with Tema Conter Memorial Trust.  Although this organization supports more than just our police in their battle with PTSD, we are donating the proceeds of the Thin Blue Line bracelets to this organization.

Tema Conter supports the E.M.S., Fire, Military and Police through research, education, training and provided resources.  That is a large commitment to a large group of people!  And after speaking with their Executive Director, their efforts are continuously moving forward to provide even more in the future.

Many To One is very pleased to be part of the supporting team for this organization and look forward to working together in providing much needed resources to men and women battling PTSD.

We are asking for a $10 donation per bracelet (plus shipping).  Kindly provide the quantity, size (6″, 7″ and 8″ currently available) and your mailing address and we will be happy to send them as soon as possible.  Donations may be made via EMT (in Canada), cheque or money order.

For more details on how to donate and receive the Thin Blue Line Bracelets, please contact me at [email protected] – let’s keep the momentum going.

 

  1. Gary Rubie

    August 26, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    My journey started over 28 years ago working Law Enforcement, 19 years plain clothes covert and all “alone” ….2009 after 25 years of service I was knocked almost into my grave by the crippling affects of P.T.S.D., related Depression and r
    elated SEVERE cross Addictions…..anger, rage, fury, deep sadness, anxiety, panic attacks, heightened alert, disassociation, isolation, lost confidence, insecurity, loss of self worth, shame, guilt, bankruptcy, reoccurring night terror and sweats, insomnia, crippling FEAR….tinnitus that went from the hum of a bees nest to jet engines between my ears from the moment I wake up to the moment I fall asleep, MAKE THE NOISE IN MY HEAD STOP !!!!!!!! ……Suicidal, Homicidal, Arrested, Incarcerated, Bail denied, released, house arrest, TREATMENT……..cared for, understood, loved, handled gently given hope, taught about P.T.S.D. given some coping mechanisms, recovering, clean, sober, shameless, vigilant in my self care…..HOPE…..I live with HOPE…….I move forward one little step and one day at a time…..slowly …….quietly ……alone but no longer lonely…..I have HOPE…..I have a caring family and friends……I am recovering……….I am healing….I have HOPE…….

    I am now writing my way to recovery…..

    http://www.outonacliff.net

    Thank you Gary Rubie

  2. Brenda Marasse

    September 4, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Gary, thank you for sharing your story. You articulated the journey through PTSD so well. I appreciate your honesty too, in admitting both your coping methods and it’s affects on you and those around you. Great courage! I’m sure your words have made so many feel “normal” in their own struggle to overcome the devasting effects of PTSD. I “HOPE” for you as well.
    Brenda Marasse
    911 OPP dispatcher

    • Gary Rubie

      September 4, 2012 at 10:26 am

      Brenda thank you for your kind words….I wrote to recover and the gifts I have received as a result of sharing my story are immeasurable…….
      Best Regards,
      Sober & Shameless
      Gary

  3. Dave Delauter

    September 18, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Gary, You are an inspiration. You are to be commended for not giving up. In a to oft used term, but it works here, YOU ROCK! Godspeed, my dear colleague.

  4. Dan Groeger

    September 18, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Thanks for having this outlet for us!
    I have been working for only 13 yrs as a paramedic in a large urban city,
    yet it feels like a lifetime!
    It’s come to my knowledge that not all those “in charge” believe that
    PTSD is a very dangerous and hidden problem.
    They think that a “quick” debriefing will suffice or you can
    just call EAP on your OWN time.
    I hope that all of us can get PTSD regonized as a very
    real problem before we lose our cherished brothers/sisters
    in the emergency services!

    • Mizfit

      September 18, 2012 at 7:54 pm

      We are encouraged that more and more are speaking out on PTSD. We are meeting “real people facing real struggles” every day and finally the government is acknowledging this in the military. Our goal is to make the government stand up and realize that EMS, Fire and Police have the same struggles and need these resources too! Together we will make this happen!

    • James

      December 26, 2014 at 7:22 am

      it takes an average of 4.4 years for a Veteran to apeapl his claim at the BVA. Many Vets can not wait 4 years for their benefits and become homeless while on the long waiting list. The VARO’s keep making the same mistakes, over and over again, denying Veterans and never learning anything from the court cases that reverse the denials.The Veterans Benefit Manual published by Lexis Nexus demonstrates that there are 22 common errors made by the RO’s requiring Veterans to apeapl or forfeit their benefits. These common mistakes, repeated by the VARO’s over and over again, result in Veteran homelessness en masse.

    • Pepe Le Pew

      January 31, 2017 at 1:07 am

      I’m not a first responder, but I’ve been around LEOs since I was born (and fire later on).

      I had my 1st trauma at age 7. I went to at least ten LEO funerals, heard two LEOs die over my little police radio as a kid, and have had two LEOs close to me commit suicide. One was 35 years ago. I loved him so much. Someone blurted out that he put his gun in his mouth, but nobody bothered to warn me that his funeral was open casket. My life went totally down hill after seeing him in that casket and 2 or 3 years later, I almost took my own life.

      I was a telephone (Dial O, emergency) operator and went to my EAP. They stuck me in a psyche hospital for 8 or 9 months because I put my loaded gun in my mouth, and had my thumb on the trigger. Nobody was around me, so I finally decided I couldn’t do that to my family, so I stopped myself.

      In the hospital, I was experimented on, heavily drugged to the point where I was passing out, and one of their doctors got me. He got fired and apologized, but it screwed me up more. They did diagnose me with PTSD then and said I’d never get better. They didn’t bother explaining PTSD (this was 1984), so I just started learning about it last year. They called me a shit magnet in counseling and all these years, I was called “different,” “weird,” “psycho,” etc. I had the PTSD symptoms as early as 7 because of the first trauma, but nobody understood what was “wrong” with me.

      All these years I’ve been on meds, but finally got tired of being a zombie, so I weaned off. Things weren’t too bad, until I found out my close LEO friend committed suicide (he was the 2nd LEO who did this that I was close to, and the 8th suicide in my life. I stopped asking God the “why?” question). He took his life on 9/18/15 and I found out on 1/6/16. I immediately went numb inside and stayed that way for months.

      So now I’m back to square one. I’m starting to feel it now, and I haven’t begun to cope with this last suicide: He “WAS” a brother to me, and I blame myself. No meds, I’m not doing the med thing anymore. My PTSD is at the worst it’s ever been: It’s like his suicide opened every single door to my past traumas, and I’ve had a lot. The only thing that stopped me from taking my life this time was a place called Under The Shield Foundation. They counsel all first responders AND their families (I have family in LE). So I try to help any first responder in any way I can. It’s the only way to try and “heal” – if you call this healing. Hopefully by me talking about this, I can get others here to talk about PTSD too.

  5. Andy

    September 19, 2012 at 10:00 am

    The “Thin Blue Line” has always been symbolic of law enforcement. With many sufferers of PTSD being those in EMS and Fire Services, why not also offer a “Thin White Line” and “Thin Red Line” bracelet for the same cause? I know I would make the purchase.

    • Mizfit

      September 19, 2012 at 10:39 am

      Hi Andy, we have recently updated our website to reflect all of the different colors and styles we have available. We have been doing the Thin Red Line for some time and had them available at two events this year in support of CFFF. Recently, we have added the Thin White Line in support of EMS. Please visit the tab entitled “Bracelets” recently added to our website to view all items. Additionally, you may make donations for the bracelets online as well for your convenience. Thank you for your feedback – it is most appreciated and always welcomed.

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