SCROLL THROUGH OUR TOUR OF OFFICER WELLNESS IN 36 STATES
Ride 4 Relief is a nationwide tour of press conferences taking place in police and fire departments focused on PTSD in an effort to reduce first responder suicide and increase health and wellness support within our police and fire departments across the United States of America.
Jeff Shepard has consistently made world news during JUNE PTSD Awareness month in his pursuit to join departments together becoming a champion to unify officers, With his emphasis on healing officers, and communities through awareness with the help of media partners and departments who are leading the way in first responder health.
With an intimate approach, Shepard shares his own story and works with each department in every city to coordinate content shared with the media about the efforts departments are making to be leaders in advocating for officer resilience.
RIDE 4 RELIEF IS ONE OF THE LARGEST MEDIA TOURS IN THE COUNTRY FOR OFFICER WELLNESS AND RESILIENCY
OFFICER SHEPARD AND HIS SON
AFTER MY AMBUSH SHOOTING IN 2012
My name is Jeff Shepard and was a police officer for 10 years and a firefighter for 9 years. I suffer from PTSD and wanted to find a way to assist others struggling with the same things that challenge me.
In July 2012 I was involved in an ambush shooting while on duty. I was attempting to stop a subject that was walking down the street to make a simple subject stop. He pulled a shotgun and attempted to shot me while I was still sitting in my patrol car. A few days after the shooting I started to have issues and I was sent to the department psychologist, where he diagnosed me with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I spent close to a year in therapy and was eventually able to return to work.
Then almost exactly 3 years later I had someone on the 4th of July throw an IED at my partner and I. The explosive hit me in the right leg and then exploded. It knocked me on the ground, rupturing my eardrum and giving me burns and shrapnel to my arm and face. Again my PTSD disrupted my life and about a year later I was medically retired from the police department.
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RIDE 4 RELIEF
COMMEMORITIVE VEHICLE BUILDS
WITH THE SUPPORT OF SOME OF THE BEST BRANDS IN THE AUTO AND TACTICAL INDUSTRY R4R HAS BUILT VEHICLES SINCE 2017 USED FOR OUR RIDES AND TOURS. THESE EXTRAORDINARY TRUCKS HAVE BEEN A SPOTLIGHT LOCATED IN THE DUB MAGAZINE LFTD & LVLD STAGE FOR THE PAST 4 YEARS. WE ARE SO GRATEFUL TO OUR SPONSORS!
THE STRONGEST PEOPLE ARE NOT THOSE WHO SHOW STRENGTH IN FRONT OF THE WORLD
BUT THOSE WHO FIGHT AND WIN BATTLES THAT OTHERS DO NOT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT
NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMORIAL
ON AVERAGE MORE POLICE AND FIRE FIGHTERS DIE BY SUICIDE THEN IN THE LINE OF DUTY
RIDE 4 RELIEFS FOUNDER, JEFF SHEPARD MAKES A POINT OF VISITING MEMORIALS ON HIS TOUR TO PAY HIS RESPECT FOR THE FALLEN OFFICERS.
THE GRAVITY OF WITNESSING THE COLLECTIVE LOSS IS HUMBLING AND A CALL TO ACTION TO ADVOCATE FOR THOSE ALIVE AND SERVING IN THEIR HONOR
OFFICER WELLNESS TOUR
New York City
35 PRESS CONFERENCES
35 POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS
144 MEDIA AFFILIATES
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