First 'Firstline Recovery' class fills quickly; shows need

Ben, Charlie, Kelly and Grayson Piazza, clockwise from left, know the effects that the stress and trauma of being a first responder can have on the entire family. Ben and Kelly Piazza are launching a 13-week series to help others in similar situations. (Contributed photo)

After serving with the Chattanooga Police Department for over five years, Ben Piazza is using what he knows to help other first responders develop healthy strategies for dealing with trauma by working to establish the Firstline Recovery course locally.

The faith-based course was developed by the people behind Reboot Combat Recovery, a similar program aimed at helping combat veterans. Though he never served in the military, Piazza attended the Reboot course last spring with his wife Kelly and said he was blown away by how well structured and put together the course was.

When he heard that Reboot was developing a class for first line responders, he and his wife were eager to help.

"We knew that we were being called to lead that," said Kelly Piazza, who is a teacher at Bess T.