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Marcia Williams is a 46-year old single Mom who worked as a police officers for 20 years in Southern California. As of August 15, 2014, Marcia retired due to industrial injuries. She now specializes in Crisis Intervention, Critical Incident Stress Management, Peer Support and is certified to teach officers on "How to Interact with Individuals who are Mentally Ill and Developmentally Disabled." Marcia speaks on "Police Suicide/Crisis Intervention on behalf of Safe Call Now. She is also a Peer Advocate for Safe Call Now and has taken on Safe Call Now's new Suicide Prevention for First Responders' Campaign called, #RescueMe.
During Marcia's career, she demonstrated leadership, integrity and outstanding work ethics by receiving the following awards: "Woman of Achievement Award", "Community Advocate in Promoting Wellness" and "Recovery and Resilience" from the County's Department of Behavioral Health. Marcia was also nominated for "Officer of the Year" and awarded a "Lifesaving Award" She was then named "Woman of the Year" during Women's History Month.
"Over the past 20 years as an officer, I have been involved in several traumatic incidents that have changed my life. I hid my emotions and didn't tell anyone how I felt out of shame and feeling weak. When I was forced to retire due to my on-duty injuries, I could no longer hide my emotions. I fell into a deep depression and withdrew from my family and friends. I became addicted to opiate pain medication and nearly ended my own life. I felt my life was spiraling downward; and, for the first time, I had no control. I didn't want to be in the position I was in, but I had no idea how I had arrived. The only person I thought about was my 11-year old daughter and I knew it was time to get help. Sean Riley, founder of Safe Call Now, saved my life. I regained my strength to get my life back and now I am paying it forward by dedicating my life to saving the lives of other first responders." --Marcia Williams