News & Updates

Courage Corner #1: A Daughter’s Perspective

February 6, 2018

The Courage Corner blog series’ goal is to inspire the Corrections community and their families to reach out and share their own stories of hope, struggle, and triumph, in hopes of fostering open dialogue about mental health and suicide, communication, family, and togetherness. _______________________________________________ Growing up with a father that was a Correction Officer was[…..]

Local Organization Raising Awareness of Correction Officer Suicide

May 12, 2017

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Update from the Co-Founders

October 19, 2016

Hi Everyone, So many exciting things have been happening at On Guard Headquarters [which is still all online, but we are working on it :)]! We have a few announcements we would like to share with our Corrections community: Save the Dates! The¬†5th Annual On Guard 5k will be on May 7th, 2017 which is[…..]

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Sponsoring an On Guard Event

January 20, 2016

Are you or your business looking for a way to give back to your community? By sponsoring an On Guard event, you can give back to a part of your community that protects you every day. Please see the attached forms for information about sponsoring the On Guard Conference in March and the On Guard[…..]

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On Guard Scholarship 2014

April 24, 2015

The On Guard Initiative is now accepting applications for the 2015 On Guard Scholarship. The scholarship is open to all college students or high school seniors who will be attending college in Fall 2015 who have a parent who is currently a Corrections Officer or a retired Corrections officer. Please download the application and return[…..]

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Support Groups

March 20, 2015

Peer and Spouse supports groups had been temporarily discontinues. Please email with any questions or if interested in starting one near you! Officer groups meeting every Tuesday in North Central MA. Please call Rob at 617-212-8086 for more details. If you would be interested in starting a group near you, please email

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January 27, 2015

RESPOND is a Corrections, Public Safety, and Family Member assistance program dedicated to provide the following confidential services to our dedicated brother and sister professionals. RESPOND was developed by retired Corrections Officers with over 80 years of experience. Respond offers the following services and training to Employee Assistance Programs, Public Safety Unions, and Agencies. Critical¬†Incident[…..]

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ACO Medal of Honor Presentation

December 15, 2014

In our last post, we spoke of the ACO Medal of Honor Conference we presented at In November. Today, I am sharing a video of that presentation. Our story is not an easy one to tell. It is not an easy one to listen to. Suicide is an issue no one wants to talk about,[…..]

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ACO National Medal of honor conference & update

December 14, 2014

Nashville First I want to start off by saying thank you to ACO for having On Guard at the National Medal of Honor Conference in Nashville, TN. It truly was an eye opening and humbling experience. We met some amazing officers and were able to speak to some of them at length about our mission.[…..]

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Spouse Support Group

October 6, 2014

When we first started On Guard, it was important to Michelle that we start a support group for families/spouses. On the first Wednesday of every month the group meets in the Community Room at Fidelity Bank in Leominster, MA from 7:00-8:00 PM. For more information please contact Julie and *Child care can be arranged[…..]

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Recent Updates

June 16, 2014

Hi everyone, In this blog we will be posting news articles and information about different events we attend and/or host. Thank you so much for your continued support! Interview with Bryanna Mellen, Julie Broderick, and Michelle Mellen about CO Suicide Article about On Guard and CO’s/ Interview done with Bryanna Mellen about CO’s General article[…..]