Kathy Burke

Kathy Burke survived one of the worst traumas that can happen to a police officer - the shooting death of a partner while they were working on an undercover case. After her own recovery from injuries received in the same incident, she retired to become a hands-on counselor with the New York City Police Department Self-Support Group. She was one of the pioneering officers in this organization for cops who have been injured in the line of duty. As a professionally trained trauma counselor, Burke has held debriefing sessions for the “first responder” Ground Zero cops who had heard the radio calls for help from other cops on September 11th. These brave officers didn’t know they needed an outlet for their trauma and grief to heal, but they found it in Kathy Burke. Detective, her harrowing evolution from law enforcer to cop counselor, was published by Scribner.

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