"Stephen has a true servant's heart! His drive to help others so
selflessly represents his passion and calling. His gift is his
ability to connect with others on such a real level."
PsyD, LCSW, CCTP Principal, Dr. Tania Glenn & Associates, PA
"Working with Stephen was a pleasure. He created a comfortable atmosphere where it was easy to talk with him.
Being in the mental health field for the past 30 years and the Fire Service for 28 years, knowing Stephen was a firefighter and is open with his own mental health, made it natural for me to discuss the sensitive topics of behavioral health and treatment. Further, Stephen’s professionalism as the host was recognized and appreciated. I would easily talk with him again on his podcast and recommend others to do the same."
B.A., CADC, CEAP, LAP/C Director, Rosecrance Florian Program Rosecrance Harrison Campus,
Battalion Chief, Chicago Fire Department
"As founder of FBHA, I have come to meet many people in the first responder arena who have become involved in
helping our brothers and sisters...but Stephen's passion and dedication towards making a positive change towards
behavioral health issues is one that will always come to mind because of his dedicated efforts...keep up the good
work my brother!"
Founder, Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance
"The other day, I had the opportunity to be Stephen’s guest on his podcast, Rescue the Rescuer. It was one of the most enjoyable endeavors I’ve had the pleasure to be involved with, certainly in my post-active fire service career.
During our 45-minute conversation, Stephen posed some great questions that I found very germane to the discussion of firefighter and EMS mental health issues and how post-traumatic stress is having an adverse impact on those groups.
I’ve been writing about these issues for fire and EMS providers now for about three years because I believe I have a responsibility to do so as a means of “paying forward” because I survived my 26-year fire service career with both my mental and physical health in good shape.
I think that Stephen is equally motivated by his EMS experiences and his drug addiction as he tried to cope with the job stress. I see Rescue the Rescuer as being a valuable addition to the ongoing conversation, not just about raising the awareness for these issues, but also for ultimately finding solutions."
Former Battalion Chief.
Chesterfield Fire and EMS, Author
"I met Stephen a few months ago through a friend. I am holding an event and am not a public speaker and fear crowds. I asked Stephen to "MC" my event and he did not hesitate. I have listened to several of his pod casts and he is well spoken, clear, and truthful and hits addictions topics that most won’t touch. Thank you Stephen! Please continue to tell your, and others, stories as well as you do. You sir, have a way with words."
"I have had the extreme pleasure of working alongside Stephen K. on the front lines of our national epidemic. Working with individuals and families who have lifesaving needs requires grounded individuals who are extremely reliable, understand urgency, and whom one can emotionally connect. I've witnessed Stephen effectively mentor with compassion, truth, and positivity. Stephen is regarded as one of our core individuals who we can count on with one’s life and trust one million percent!"
Co-Founder King's Crusade
"I run an addiction support group, page and nonprofit organization in Australia that helps people get the quality treatment they need when they can't afford it. Spreading our message is what it's all about and when I first read one of Stephen's blogs I realized what an asset this man is. I reached out to Stephen and asked if he would share within our group and he was only to happy to help which to me speaks volumes of his character. His genuineness and compassion together with his honest and profound words have helped many people and continue to do so. Stephen is a beautiful man with a very kind soul and I'm forever grateful that our paths have crossed as he carries the message of hope and inspiration like no other."