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Principal at Healing The Blue, LLC Maryland

About John Pfaehler

John Pfaehler is a police corporal with the Rockville Police Department and a chief petty officer with the United States Coast Guard Reserves. John has been in law enforcement for over 25 years starting his career in Pennsylvania. He moved to the West Coast where he served as park police officer in California before heading to Maryland. During his career, John has been a field training officer, a firearms instructor, a Taser instructor, and a canine handler. His specialties include tactical medicine and patrol response to active shooter incidents. John has received several awards from state and local organizations including his agency's second highest award, the Distinguished Service Citation, five times. In 2009, he was the City of Rockville's nominee for the American Legion Officer of the Year. Having primarily worked patrol duties for his career, John has encountered thousands of traumatic events. While working in August 2000, John was involved in a shooting incident in Southern California. A year later, as a canine handler, his patrol dog died while on duty. The death of his dog was the catalyst for John's subsequent depression and post-traumatic stress. He was not formally diagnosed with PTSD until 13 years later. Since then, he has made it his purpose to raise awareness about the pervasiveness of mental health issues and to promote mental wellness, including suicide prevention, within the law enforcement community. John initiated and developed his agency’s wellness program following his own personal struggles. It is one of the most comprehensive in the state of Maryland.

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