I was contacted by Susan VandePol, whose husband had been killed; as a result of duty, with the Los Angeles Fire Dept, 2005.
She asked me to help her promote her cause: ‘Families of the Fallen’. A website and organization designed to help families of the fallen cope, with loss of their loved ones.
Excerpt from the protocol:
Home • About • Resources • Contact • firstname.lastname@example.org
Families of the Fallen was first birthed from the personal tragedy of the loss of my husband. He was a Los Angeles City Firefighter, and died from duty related causes in 2005. As a result, this protocol was created and originally intended for use within fire departments and is now being used in that setting across the United States and Canada.
What is the support protocol?
Stated simply, it is a unique tool—conceived from a widow’s perspective—for giving assistance to surviving families by assessing and meeting the needs of those families.
This protocol also has been adapted for use within a church body. However, it is absolutely appropriate for any other type of religious organization, alliance, association, business or company. Suggestions are included on how and when to initiate contact with the grieving family, time parameters within which to offer assistance, liaison definitions, communication logs to help liaisons in keeping track of the family’s needs, plus a few other reference logs that may be helpful.
If you need any help or have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Doug Copp, Captain of the National Fire Dept of Peru and somebody who survived being immediately killed, at 911 and who struggles, every day; to continue, to survive my 911 injuries.