I graphically delve into my actions after being shot:
- Exiting the police vehicle with my firearm drawn
- My hunt to confront the gunman
- The brave actions of the first officer on the scene
- The responding ambulances’ roles
- The manhunt and outcome for the offender
Next my father is interviewed. He explains the harrowing phone call received advising of my shooting.
Returning to the mic, I explore the ramifications for me: the first attempt to reconstruct my shattered mouth. Next decision time, can I put my police cap back on and return to policing. I do just that, but I am suffering PTSD, which is significantly aggravated by the unexpected failure of the first reconstruction.
But next, I share one of the most unexpected valuable lessons from the trauma. Undergoing a long series of procedures in the second attempt to reconstruct my mouth, I explain how one leader with acute emotional intelligence, the late Inspector Dave Stevenson, built trust, held courageous conversations, made suggestions, and was able to positively influence my life and future in the workplace.
Carrying a fear from the trauma, I realised to continue my police career, I needed to confront and attempt to overcome this. But to do this I needed the support of my Inspector. What I was proposing was risky and the easy decision was for my Inspector to dismiss my request. However, Dave made a brave decision, backed my idea and I went on to one of the most challenging yet most rewarding steps to my recovery. Listen in to hear about this compelling part of this chapter in my life.
My father Alan and I hope that by sharing this story with Gary, we can inspire others to adopt the selfless outstanding Dave Stevenson leadership style – to help mould leaders people want to follow, people can take their problems too, and people will go the extra mile for, when you need them to.
Listen, learn and enjoy.
Daryl Elliott Green | Award Winning Speaker
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