Living Outside the Wire: The Human Side of Law Enforcement with Gary Eddington

Enduring The Badge

01-08-2023 • 51 mins

Picture the burden of donning a badge — the weight of responsibility, the constant scrutiny, the life-or-death decisions made in split seconds. Can you imagine living in what retired bond enforcement officer Gary Eddington calls the 'zero mistake world'? In our enlightening conversation with Gary, we uncover the stark reality of law enforcement, painting a picture that extends well beyond the scope of TV drama.

Thirty years in Southern California's law enforcement have shaped Gary in ways unimaginable, experiences he's chronicled in his riveting book, Outside the Wire. From the fresh-eyed Police Explorer to the seasoned officer commanding a task force in Los Angeles, Gary's journey is layered with stories of resilience, courage, and the profound impact of his father's tragic murder when he was only three weeks into the academy. His story takes a more profound turn as we discuss his pivotal role in the Joint Terrorism Task Force post 9/11, where distinguishing real threats from noise became a taxing everyday reality.

But it's not all about the action-packed days and nail-biting decisions. Gary also candidly explores his career's toll on his personal life and family. As he navigates through PTSD, he offers raw insights into the emotional strain of his job, the pressure from media and politicians, and his journey to find solace and meaning beyond the badge. This episode is more than a glimpse into law enforcement; it's a deep dive into the human side of the men and women who risk it all to keep us safe. Tune in and discover the untold stories of those who live Outside the Wire.

As a First Responder, you are critical in keeping our communities safe. However, the stress and trauma of the job can take a toll on your mental health and family life.

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