CODE 9 AMBASSADORS
Boone County 9-1-1 dispatcher for 20 years. Married to Officer Mike Preston for 11 years. Mike was a 19 police officer and Marine veteran. Eow 1-13-16. We have 4 children.
- Fred has been in law enforcement for a combined 36 years, nd is currently a detective with Mesa PD Nancie has been a civilian with Mesa PD for 18 years. Between us, we have been involved with Mesa Peer Team for 15 years. We share the same heart for those within the “family” who may be struggling with various problems and need guidance or just a listening ear.
- Wife of Pulse Nightclub First Responder Ret. Orlando Police Officer Gerry Realin / Mom / Activist On June 12, 2016 my husband was part of a 7 man Hazmat Team that was responsible for collecting the 49 victims that didn't make it out. He would be rendered permanently and totally disabled from PTSD. I decided that something needed to be done and with the strength, courage and support of many other passionate first responder families we passed the first PTSD coverage bill for FIRST RESPONDERS in the Southern United States on March 5, 2018.
- Throughout my career as a police officer, I have been concerned for the well-being of my colleagues. I am a 20-year veteran having spent my career as a patrol officer. I continue to support first responders to seek mental health services in whatever form is right for him or her. I will continue to research first responder and military suicides and support families to have work related suicide a line of duty death. Together we will end the stigma.
Sergeant Jeritt Severns is a 21 year veteran of the Los Angeles police department and currently assign to the Department's elite Metropolitan Division's, Tactical Response Team Jeritt's experience ranges from working a gang unit, detectives, and numerous undercover assignments Jeritt has a passion for helping others and will continue that passion with The Code 9 Project.
Matt Hurley is currently a Sergeant with the MassArt Police Department in Boston, MA. Matt has over five years of law enforcement experience and dedicates his time to community policing and engagement programs. Matt is responsible for the creation of the Code 9 Patch, the nation’s very first police patch that is focused on shedding new light and introducing more resources to the topics of law enforcement officer PTSD and suicide awareness. The Code 9 Patch also serves as a memorial symbol for those who we have lost to duty-related suicide.
Chris Nieves has served 11 years in law enforcement in both local and federal capacities with the Indianapolis Metro Police Department and most recently as a Special Agent with the ATF. Chris also served in the Marine Corps for 5 years where he achieved the rank of Sergeant and completed two overseas tours to include OIF in 2003.