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Utah First Responder
Wellness Conference

Utah First Responder

Wellness Conference


August 8th - 9th, 2024


Utah Valley University

Orem, Utah


2023 Conference Sponsors

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Contact us if your would like to be a sponsor for the
2024 First Responder Wellness Conference.

Registration Fee:

Entire Conference (2 Days) - $299.00

Retired First Responder - $99.00

Scholarships are available for free attendance to the conference.  Email for more information.


Utah Valley University Grand Ballroom

800 W University Pkwy, Orem, UT 84058






First Responder Wellness Conference


Join us at the  2024 Utah First Responder Wellness Conference featuring retired Deputy John Kelly from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office as our keynote speaker. In collaboration with Utah Fire and Rescue Academy, Chateau Recovery, and other national speakers, this event is not to be missed!

Please join us for national and local presenters who will share their expertise to enhance your knowledge about first responder wellness and peer support.


The Peer Support Foundation is committed to proactively addressing the stressors that can occur throughout the lives of first responders and their families.  

Who Should Attend?

The First Responder Wellness Conference attracts a large number of guests. The conference is recommended for:


  • Administrators

  • Chaplains

  • Civilian Personnel

  • Correction Officers

  • EMS

  • Fire Chiefs

  • Fire Fighters

  • First Responder Families

  • First Responder Supporters

  • Human Resources

  • Law Enforcement Officers 

  • Mental Health Clinicians

  • Peer Support Personnel

  • Police Chiefs

  • Sheriffs

  • Training Specialists


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Keynote Speaker
Sgt. John Kelly (ret.)

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Retired Sgt. John Kelly faced several attempts on his life from suspects over his 30-year career in law enforcement. None of these suspects came as close to killing him as he did. Author of "Surviving Self-Inflicted Wounds, A Deputy’s Life of Redemption” chronicles his life journey. An alcoholic, addict, and adulterer, confronting PTS, and suicidal ideation, John tears open his life, to provide a roadmap to personal accountability and growth. His Sometimes Heroes Need Help, Life Leadership and Wellness program addresses the personal, professional, financial, physical, and mental health of the first responder. By having real, raw, and unfiltered, conversations about the things we never talk about, the individual is empowered to be their own change agent. John's vulnerability in discussing his failures gives the audience permission to forgive themselves and more importantly, the courage and strength to keep getting up, striving to be better today than yesterday. Join John Kelly as he takes you on a journey of discovery into how you survive “Self Inflicted Wounds”.


2024 Utah First Responder Wellness Conference Schedule of Events

Thursday, August 8, 2024 


0700-0800         Registration/Vendor Setup

0800-0815         Welcome/introductions/Opening Ceremony

0815-1200         Keynote - Sgt. John Kelly (ret. Broward Co. Florida Sheriff's Office)

1200-1300         Lunch - Provided by the Peer Support Foundation

1300-1500         Sheila Russell LMHC, Frontline Therapy

1500-1700         Emotional Awareness Guidance for Law Enforcement (E.A.G.L.E.) with Sgt. Sean O'Neill

Friday, August 9, 2024

0800-0815        Morning announcements

0815-1200        Chateau Recovery

1200-1300        Lunch - Provided by the Peer Support Foundation

1300-1500        Pending

1500-1700        When the Smoke Clears: First Responder Wellness and Emotional Survival with Lt. Jeremy Sprague                               (DMPD & Peer Support Foundation President)

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Conference Topics

Local and National Experts in the First Responder Wellness Field

The following presenters and their topics are listed below.

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