3 years after graduating from the police academy, Andrew experienced his first of many traumatic events within law enforcement when he lost a classmate to suicide. As the years progressed and traumas compiled, Andrew realized the negative coping mechanisms within the law enforcement culture were not only toxic but caused officers and their families additional harm. In time, Andrew learned that other first responders were feeling the same and that changed everything for him. Since that day, Andrew began paying it forward by helping many of his peers cope with their stressors associated with working on the front line which were not exclusive to job stress only. It's Andrew's belief that nobody should suffer in silence and that it takes a community to make a change; and in that moment, Front Line Rescue began.
Andrew is a police officer of 14 years from southeastern Michigan who has held assignments ranging from patrol supervisor, field training sergeant, narcotics, surveillance, investigations, training unit and departmental instructor. Currently assigned to his agencies Behavioral Health Unit, Andrew is a crisis intervention officer and CIT instructor for the Detroit-Wayne crisis intervention team. He is trained in critical incident stress management, peer support and is passionate about helping officers who are struggling with traumas of law enforcement, addiction and substance abuse. Additionally, Andrew is an adjunct instructor at the Wayne County Regional Police Academy, a certified trauma services specialist, certified workplace violence/threat specialist, holds a Bachelor's degree from Madonna University in Criminal Justice and is currently pursuing his Masters degree in mental health counseling.