First Responders Trauma Retreat
Shadowland Foundation's Wolves & Wellness Presents
FRTR General Manager
Mike is a retired Chief. He has been in the fire service since 1991, working for the Oakwood Village Fire Department until joining the East Cleveland Fire Department (ECFD), in October 1997. In over twenty years with the ECFD, he has served in many executive ranks including Lieutenant, Captain, and Deputy Chief. ECFD is a busy suburban department located in Northeast Ohio and has a call volume of over 7,000 emergency service calls annually for Fire and EMS response. Chief Celiga has responded to 800 structure fires in his career. In 2003 he received and currently maintains his Paramedic Certification. Chief Celiga continues to attain various other fire, emergency response and command education. He proudly served the community through his dedication both on the line and as an administrator and SWAT Medic.
He oversaw a department of 46 professional full-time firefighters, manning an engine, a truck company, two rescue squads, command vehicle and Fire Prevention Office, operating out of two stations.
In 2020, Chief Celiga found himself in the biggest fire he had ever experienced. He has and continues to battle through the effects of PTS from the event. It is his goal to stand with and educate all safety services branches, the leaders of those services and family members through his story and experiences. His work as a firefighter and fire officer has laid the groundwork for him to help others wearing uniforms to recognize a problem from job related trauma that few want to acknowledge.
FRTR Peer Support Manager
Frank is an 18-year police veteran who served as a patrolman for multiple jurisdictions in the State of Wisconsin. His career consisted of a multitude of disciplines and specialized areas within the law enforcement community and amongst the citizens he served. Some of Frank’s accomplishments consisted mostly at the patrol level, giving him an exceptional amount of experience with first responders at the front lines. Frank devoted most of his time to training officers and training the Emergency Response Team as a Team Leader. He also dedicated his time to maritime patrol operations, in Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training. He taught several disciplines like advanced sniper school, taser, advanced shield operations, firearms as a unified instructor in multiple areas in law enforcement thereby furthering the success of their own law enforcement careers.
He contributed to many other operations with bicycle, boat, and school resource patrols as well as his main priority, serving the public as a patrol officer. He cared greatly about the communities he served. Frank’s awards include: 2006 & 2015 Life Saving Award, and then in 2016, he was honored with the Law Enforcement Domestic Abuse/Sexual Assault Officer of the Year! Throughout his 18-year tenure as a police officer he was completely committed to training and supporting other officers to be successful in every situation they might encounter on and off duty.
After seven years of suffering in silence and anesthetizing his trauma and injuries with alcohol, he decided to get help. Frank has now transitioned from 18 years of law enforcement to becoming a Peer Support Team Leader, sharing his experience of courage, strength and hope from treating his own trauma, addiction, and alcoholism. The intention with these trauma retreat programs and modalities is to expedite the healing process so that we can help prevent career ending situations which trauma leads to more often than not. Those who come to the ranch will receive the amazing gift that he has been given, an irreplaceable journey in recovery.
FRTR Curriculum Administrator
Krista Arcidiacono RADT
Krista comes from a long line of family members serving our country in the Airforce, Marines, and Law Enforcement. She knows on a very personal level the stressors and challenges our First Responders face. As young as 19, she knew she wanted to work in human services wherever she could. She is currently registered with CCAPP as an RADT with experience working with First Responders with Trauma and substance abuse issues both inpatient and outpatient. Having had a family history of substance abuse herself, this cause is very near and dear to her heart.