June 26, 2024

WTCHH – Episode 4

A Lifetime of Lessons with Craig Nieft

In this heartfelt episode of “When The Call Hits Home,” Ashlee Gethner dives deep with a very special guest—her father, Craig Nieft, a retired police officer with 29 years of experience. Together, they share personal stories of challenges, triumphs, and the unique dynamics of being in a family deeply affected by the profession of law enforcement.


Highlights from this episode include:

  • Craig’s Impactful Advice: Hear the touching story of a troubled teenager Craig mentored who later became a police officer, grateful for the tough love he received.
  • Balancing Discipline and Love: Craig talks about the delicate balance of being a strict yet reasonable parent, and the high standard he set for himself due to his career.
  • Emotional Toll: Ashlee opens up about her anxiety regarding Craig’s safety during crises like Hurricane Katrina, and the broader public perception issues that affected their family life.
  • Professional Sacrifices: Craig shares how he managed the demands of his job while trying to not miss out on family events, and the adjustments made to his work schedule.
  • Mental Health Awareness: The importance of mental health support for first responders is discussed, along with Craig’s own methods of decompression through hobbies.
  • Family Dynamics: The episode highlights the strong bond between father and daughter, maintained through shared interests like sports and a deep mutual respect.

Join Ashlee and Craig as they reflect on the life lessons learned, the sacrifices made, and the enduring love of family through the highs and lows of a career in law enforcement.

_We dedicate this episode to all the first responders and their families. Your resilience and strength inspire us every day._

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