“When faced with a choice, if I pause and ask, ‘What would my God want me to do?’, I will always get the right answer.” – Pat’s Sponsor, John M
As our SHIELDS Services Specialist, Pat DeSarno brings forth both the personal and professional expertise needed to serve our first responder population. Former Fire Chief of the Scranton Fire Department and person in long-term recovery, Pat understands the specific needs of our uniformed professionals and what it takes to overcome addiction in their environment.
With 31 years’ experience as a civil servant, Pat spent 25 years “on the line” rising to the rank of Lieutenant and the last 6 years of his career as Fire Chief. In addition, Pat has spent countless hours working with first responders who struggle with substance use disorder, feeling compelled to carry the message of hope and help them realize their own potential in recovery. As our SHIELDS Specialist, he has joined the Brookdale team to help build a First Responders Program, helping support and serve an extremely tight knit segment of society.
Pat has received his trauma certification and is currently obtaining his certification as a Certified Recovery Specialist. Through his own personal experiences, Pat inspires identification among SHIELDS patients, in turn opening the door to trust, honestyand recovery.
Outside of work, Pat enjoys golfing, traveling, coaching wrestling and spending time with his girlfriend, Mary Beth, 6 children and 8 grandchildren.