In this studio recorded podcast episode, I share how the events of the most fateful night of my 30-year police career—ambushed and shot at close range in the face and shoulder—unfolded. I explain my instinctive response, which is controlled by the brain’s amygdala, which has one of three choices when faced with a threat to survival – ‘fight, flight or freeze’.
Through dialogue and police recordings from that night, you will experience the raw emotions police officers endure when extreme violence is unexpectedly thrust upon us in the line of duty. From setting the stage, to the incident details and the aftermath – this compelling podcast will confront.
The aim of sharing my experience, guided by Gary, is to provide an appreciation of the human response when faced with sudden extreme violence or trauma. People’s immediate reactions to shootings, high speed car crashes, natural disasters, or similar events where one faces death, deserve to be understood and not judged. In such moments, split second decisions are driven by the immediate primitive survival mechanism built into every one of us, the amygdala, which in the heat of the moment – is calling the shots!
In the wake of life endangering events, too often criticism of peoples’ reactions follows which has the opportunity to add to the damage already visited upon the people who have actually lived the moment. In this podcast, I hope to close the divide for the audience between merely hearing of such events to illuminating the truth behind the instinctive reactions of those who lived the event. Such knowledge leads to better understanding and support for those whose lives are changed forever by extreme violence or trauma.
The interview’s frank discussion on the grim nature of policing and the ‘fight, flight or freeze’ response, to help society accept these realities and better support our police, underpins the conversation I was honoured to have with Gary.
For this I am grateful.
Daryl Elliott Green | Award Winning Speaker
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