The Behind the Badge Project is dedicated to educating the public on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a mental health disorder that affects so many people around the world, however, this project specifically is focusing on Canadian Emergency Personnel, that includes, Firefighters, Paramedics, Police Officers, Emergency Police/Fire/EMS Dispatchers and Call-takers.
In addition to educating the public on PTSD in First Responders and providing resources to those affected, we are dedicated to showing those affected by PTSD that there is help for them out there!
Thanks for visiting Behind the Badge Project and checking out the website! My name is Nicholas Borowski, you can call me Nick. I am a 17-year-old, grade 12 student living in Newmarket Ontario and so much has been changed in my life and career choices from the pre-stages of the Behind the Badge Project and I cannot wait to see where this journey will take me.
I love spending time with all of my friends and family, as much as I enjoy sitting at my computer desk behind all the screens, playing games and connecting with friends online through a virtual world, I would always rather be spending the time with my friends, family and, pets! There is nothing better than sitting in the backyard with a fire going, laughing the night away surrounded by the ones you love the most.
I have always had a desire to work in the Emergency Services field right from a very young age when I, of course, wanted to be a police officer, I would run around my family's house using anything I could as a gun, arresting stuffed bears and "taking out the bad guys". I then changed career paths shortly after that and wanted to become a firefighter, using anything as water hoses to "put out the fire", I even used the vacuum hose. As I got older and fully realized what both jobs entailed, I began to ponder what else I could do, paramedic came to mind however I didn't put too much thought into it until a few years after that when I just had the overwhelming feeling that I wanted and needed to help people, especially those in an extreme time of need, I was probably around ten years old at that point and ever since then, I have been obsessed with the idea of becoming a paramedic. Once I knew that I wanted to become a paramedic I started playing as a paramedic, this time, I would throw my stuffed bears over the railing of my stairs then run down the stairs and start CPR immediately, after about thirty seconds of CPR I would either pick them up and throw them over my shoulder to take them to the hospital or put a blanket over them because they "didn't make it"... didn't know too many procedures back then.
I have not gone a day without thinking about becoming a paramedic; sirens blasting, lights flashing, rushing to care for someone in need... I can't imagine anything better I would want to do.
I have always struggled with school, especially math, and some sciences and with both of those subjects being so crucial to becoming a paramedic it has been a very big eye-opener and driving force to constantly improve and with that constant thought in the back of my mind I have improved in both areas with the help of a tutor, constant support from my parents and help from my teachers, because of all those people, I will be able to get where I need to be.
My teachers first introduced the project that we call the Global Leadership Program Capstone Project, they said it had to be something meaningful and something that was currently impacting our community and even world, where applicable. Myself being as obsessed with the First Responder field as I was, I tried to think of something to do with that. I did not know much about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder at the time but thought it could be an interesting topic to work with and began researching it more and more, completely learning it inside and out!
Ever since the project was introduced to me, I have been working tirelessly on it, I have to say all of the late nights reading articles, emailing various departments from all around North America, interviews conducted and other work that has gone in so far has all been so worth the time and effort.
I have conducted many interviews with experts and individuals that work within the field, getting to know so many incredible people and having the privilege to hear their stories, it has truly been a life-changing experience. The entire project has pretty much become a passion for me, I want to try and raise as much awareness as possible to show people that our Emergency Personnel are people too, they can suffer from the trauma they are exposed to, they are allowed to show the emotion and get the help that they need and deserve.
Thank you to everyone who has helped me to put this project together and that has assisted me through this project, you have all completely changed my life and will forever hold a special place in my heart, this is for you; Paramedic J, Paramedic M, Fire Chief R, Officer S and Officer M.
"The real superheroes, our Emergency Personnel, are not invincible, they can break."
Founder & Owner