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Review Of The Documentary: “Fallen”

Review Of The Documentary: “Fallen”

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Thomas Marchese is my new hero! His first film “Fallen” (2017) is a testament to the power of what dedication, hard work and the big screen can do.  With a standing ovation from the audience, it was obvious that I was not the only one feeling that way!

I had the honor of attending the premier of “Fallen” in Phoenix (Arizona) and was astonished at the quality of this documentary as well as the many facets Thomas could cover regarding the topic of law enforcement line of duty deaths. Major issues were explored from the lack of knowledge of the general population regarding what our law enforcement officers do while on shift to a chief discussing lack of leadership as a significant issue.  The guilt often felt by family members following the death of their loved one was covered as well as the frustrations experienced by fellow officers in the aftermath.

I think viewers would agree that this film is a true depiction of what really goes on in agencies across the United States before, during and after a line of duty death. Thomas should especially be commended for bringing to light some difficult realities that must be addressed, especially where families are concerned.

It is imperative that all law enforcement agencies and associations make this film available to their officers and families. This is an emotionally charged topic, and one that we can no longer afford to overlook, especially in today’s environment!

Thank you Thomas Marchese for taking on this project, which I am sure was often difficult and eventually became very personal for you and your family.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=””][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Susan Lewis Simons has provided training seminars and programs since 1994 for various state, local and federal law enforcement agencies focusing on stress management and critical incident response and reactions. She is serving as a critical incident responder for agencies in Alabama and across the United States. She also provided training for the United States Air Force Europe in Germany and England. Susan served as a Consulting Clinician for 5 weeks in New York City with POPPA (Police Organization Providing Peer Assistance) providing assistance and training to officers with the NYPD, post September 11, 2001. She has been a guest instructor at Annual Training Conferences for prestigious organizations, including The Federal Bureau of Investigation, International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors, SWAT Roundup and the International Aviation Security Academy and Conference sponsored by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l (ALPA). Susan is considered to be one of the nations leading experts in the specialized field of Stress Management in Law Enforcement and serves as a Consultant to many law enforcement agencies and academies across the country. She is certified in Forensic Hypnosis and is also a Train the Trainer for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. She currently is a fulltime Associate Professor at Herzing College in Birmingham Alabama in the Bachelor of Science Program/Homeland Security and Public Safety.

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