Perry Hall grew up in the fire service with his father in North Carolina. He went on to become a career firefighter with over 20 years in the fire service, both as a volunteer and paid firefighter, holding various positions. T Perry is married and is the father of 2 children and 4 step children. Perry’s own cumulative exposure to a number of critical incidents made a huge impact on him personally. Perry encountered one final incident that drastically changed his life and his career in which he was trapped in a basement fire. Due this accumulation of post traumatic stress, self medicating with alcohol, Perry became an alcoholic diagnosed with PTSD. Through his personal experience, he began educating himself and getting involved in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training and Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) to learn more about how critical incidents affect emergency responders, education that would have helped earlier in his career. Currently, he is an advocate for first responders and works to educate others about the effects of trauma among first responders and how important mental wellness is for emergency responders.