Sergeant Francis L. Fuscellaro II
In 2015, the Delaware State Police Critical Incident Stress Management Team continued to be led by Sgt. Francis L Fuscellaro II and the team assistant John Shoemaker, a supervisor with Kent County Communications. This year the team added 6 new members from throughout the state. The new members are Lt. Douglas Deveney, Cpl. Brett Cordrey, Cpl/2 Dale Toomey, Cpl. Joshua Dear, Dispatcher Brandi Ober, and Donald Bluestein, who is retired Team Leader of Wilmington Police Department’s CISM Team currently employed as an agent with D.A.T.E. The team also lost a member, Sgt. Michael Nichols, do to retirement. Presently the team consists of 15 sworn and 7 civilian members who have received training endorsed by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. The Delaware State Police CISM Team continues to provide services to law enforcement and emergency service personnel for both state and municipal agencies throughout the State of Delaware.
In 2015 the Delaware State Police CISM Team responded to approximately 60 incidents, which included police involved shootings, military re-integration, fatal accidents, as well as other traumatic events for law enforcement and emergency service personnel. During 2015 Lt. Deveney attended Force Science Institute’s course in Alexandria VA. The course teaches students how to recognize and articulate important psychological, biological, and physiological factors that can influence human behavior and memory in force encounters and pursuit situations. Sgt. Fuscellaro II traveled to Atlanta Ga., to become an ICISF Instructor for Group Crisis Intervention. The team now has an ICISF Instructor for Assisting Individuals in Crisis, Ret. Sgt Justiniano, and Group Crisis Intervention, Sgt. Fuscellaro II.
The Team was contacted by Sussex County Paramedics reference assisting them in creating a CISM team. Sgt Fuscellaro II worked with John Timmons from Sussex County Paramedics to create a team for them. Sgt. Fuscellaro II also met with members of The Department of Corrections assisting them in revamping their CISM team. Ret. Sgt. Justiniano conducted a 2 day Assisting Individuals in Crisis Course at the Sussex County Paramedics Administrative Building and Sgt. Fuscellaro II conducted a 2 day Group Crisis Intervention Course at the same location. This allowed the new Delaware State Police team members and Sussex County Paramedics team members to attend and get the courses completed.
Dr. Ellen Marshall served as the Head of the Psychology Department for Delaware Technical and Community College, Owens Campus, Georgetown DE. She continues to work closely with the Delaware State Police CISM team as well as other Teams in the State. She is the Team’s Mental Health Coordinator, where she volunteers her time. She has conducted approximately 30 one-on-one CISM sessions not including the responses she does with the Team, making the team’s total number of incidents/responses just approximately 80 for the year.
- Information obtained from 2015 DSP Annual Report