Kenneth Koon, 2016 Trinity Awards Emergency Responder of the Year, has more than two decades of experience in intervention and emergency response, including service in fire and police departments, military units, hospitals, schools, and the community at large. In his assignment as the primary suicide intervention officer for a US Army Reserve Brigade covering 13 states, he was able during his tenure to sustain a ZERO suicide rate from 2010 to 2015. He was then called to work in a Command covering 40 states with a 575% higher rate of suicide than the public. Ken serves as Executive Director of Armed Forces Mission, an organization focused on Veteran Suicide. Ken is the developer of the Listen Learn Lead (L3) Suicide Intervention Model and most recently developed www.1Reason2Live.org for faith groups. Ken serves as the Crisis Intervention Team Chaplain for the Peachtree City Police Department; and is a member of the Georgia Chiefs of Police Association and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
Most recent experiences:
- 2012 established the I Will Intervene Challenge for Armed Forces Mission
- 2013 Developed the Listen Learn Lead Suicide Intervention Model and trained 300 caregivers in his hometown community resulting in a 50% reduction in suicide and a 20 year low
- 2014 Established the NO MORE SUICIDE CAMPAIGN for the Intervention Institute
- 2015 Trained the largest force of suicide intervention soldiers for the 99th Regional Support Command US Army Reserve
- 2016 Received the Trinity Award Emergency Responder of the Year Award and hosted Georgia’s inaugural LOSS Teams Conference
- 2017 The success continues with a total of more than 600 suicide interventions completed and more than 7,600 caregivers trained
Ken is also actively involved on a regular basis teaching MHFA for law enforcement agencies and recruits at various schools. He is available throughout the Southeast to facilitate Mental Health First Aid.