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What is RE;ACT

RE;ACT is the Lt. Ryan Elwood; Awareness, Counseling and

Training Fund for First Responders in need of mental

health and emotional assistance. Lt. Ryan Elwood became

an EMT in 2006 then in 2009 became a Firefighter for two

firehouses, Hometown and North Palos. In 2012, he won

the medal of Valor for saving a woman from a house fire.

He was an absolute hero. Unfortunately in September

2015, we lost him to suicide. We can only imagine the

                                             horrors that he and many other 

                                             First Responders see on the

                                             job every day. Currently there is

                                             no mandatory counseling or mental health screenings required to

                                             deal with the day-to-day distress. We believe counseling can save

                                             lives. RE;ACT is fighting for awareness of mental health issues in

                                             such a proud profession, providing counseling to these heroes that

                                             keep us safe and offering support of Ryan's passion for continued

                                             training at the Illinois Fire Institute. We are raising funds in hopes

                                             of bringing a better quality of life to those who save ours regularly.


RE;ACT celebrates the life of Lt. RYAN ELWOOD, strives to create AWARENESS for the battle he fought, campaigns for much needed COUNSELING to help his fellow Fire Fighters and First Responders who face the same challenges each day and funds TRAINING to benefit the profession for which he was so passionate.


The semicolon is included as it has come to represent hope and love for those who are struggling with depression, suicide, addiction and self-injury.


Illinois Firefighter Peer Support, Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance, The Illinois Fire Service Institute at U of I  and supports select Fire Dept. Training budgets.  Additional funds raised are allocated to support awareness in the forms of videos, postcard mailings, posters and other support for changing the stigma and culture of silence that surrounds emotional well-being among Fire Fighters and First Responders.


For immediate or emergency situations please call:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Hours: Available 24 hours. Languages: English, Spanish. 

800-273-8255 or text 988



Illinois Peer Support available 24/7


Questions? Comments? Donations? Please contact us using the form and we will try to get back to you within 24 hours. 

We are available by phone for business inquiries at 708-79-REACT (708-797-3228)

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