Thin Line C.O.D.E


C.O.D.E. addresses this reality in a real, raw, and relevant way, telling stories inspired by true events and authentic cases.


Horrific accidents, savage beatings, murder, suicide, autoerotic deaths, overdoses, burned and mutilated bodies: these are nearly every day occurrences for the extraordinary women and men who work in emergency services fields. These selfless individuals are exposed to things the everyday person rarely, if ever, sees.

Yet, the men and women who sacrifice family and self are often taken for granted — or treated as if their work doesn’t matter. In worst cases, they are treated like the bad guys. 

Over time, an accumulation of these experiences allows the slippery tentacles of depression, anxiety, PTSD, and Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder, a/k/a Compassion Fatigue, to grip the minds, bodies, and souls of those who serve. 911 Operators, police, fire, EMS, death investigators, coroners, and others need to know they are not alone.

C.O.D.E. addresses this reality in a real, raw, and relevant way, telling stories inspired by true events and authentic cases. Powerful tips at the end of each chapter offer hope, encouragement, and healing methods — real help for the hurting people who give their all.

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“I think this is a must-read for all first responders, police, fire, paramedics, and others who work in emergency services. I found myself relating to each and every page. Not only is this book powerfully written, but the most important part is that it gives solutions using the C.O.D.E. acronym to help combat the demons that can plague responders. This is a book you will read more than once, and you will refer to again and again!”
Chief Peter Lamb 
“Those who work in emergency services, care about someone who does, or are curious about what those on the front line deal with, should read this book!” 
Ricardo Martinez II, 
founder of the #IAM911 movement

“C.O.D.E provides fascinating stories of extraordinary members of emergency services who witnessed traumatic events that challenged their mental health but have overcome those challenges to heal themselves and inspire others. Essential reading for those in the field.”

Dan Zupansky, True Murder podcast.
“This book is a much-needed resource for not only all who serve but for the families and friends of those on call. C.O.D.E. will help those who care about dispatchers, police, fire, EMS, death investigators, coroners, and others in the field, better understand the emotions and effects resulting from these all-too-common scenarios. This is a must-read for all!” 
Terri Armenta , Forensic Science Academy

About the Author
Darren is a 30 year veteran of law enforcement and criminal investigations. He currently serves as an investigator for the Crawford County Missouri coroner’s office. He holds credentials as an instructor for the Missouri Sheriff’s Training Academy, has served as president of the Missouri Medical Examiners and Coroners Association, and is certified and credentialed in numerous fields of investigation. He holds the position of lead instructor and facilitator for the Coroner Talk™ community as he speaks and writes in the area of death investigation and scene management.

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