First Responder Staff


Ken Beyer, President and CEO (Back)

Ken co-founded Harbor of Grace and created the First Responder Program after 15 years of providing Peer Support to various police and fire agencies.  Ken continues to work part-time as a firefighter-EMT-B/IVT and volunteer for another agency, while consulting for many law enforcement agencies.

Ken is currently the EAP for Harford County Fire Volunteer Fire Association and the Peer Support Coordinator for the Harford County EMS Foundation.  He is a consultant for many police departments and career fire companies for addiction related matters within their respectable departments.  Ken has assisted various regional career and volunteer fire companies with chemical dependency issues and he has performed countless structured interventions, which include assisting several law enforcement agencies. His professional interests include Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and Peer Support.

Ken is married to Laurie (33 years), and they have four children and two beautiful granddaughters. They reside in Havre de Grace, MD.

Sgt.  Chuck Hart (Front)

Chuck is an active duty Police Officer with a large Regional Police Department.  Graduating from the Police Academy in March of 1986, Chuck’s career has spanned over 33 years and include assignments in “Foot Patrol” to his present-day assignment as the Commander for the Hostage Negotiating Team.  From March 2012 to the present time, Chuck is also assigned to the Behavioral Assessment and Crisis Management Unit, where he supervises a Team of Mobile Crisis Police Units.  Chuck’s many years of valuable training includes, but is not limited to Conflict Negotiation, Dealing with Crisis and Loss, Law Enforcement Trauma and Wellness, De-Escalation and Conflict Resolution through Crisis Intervention Tactics and Mental Health First Aide.  The affects of Critical Incidents on Law Enforcement Officers, grief, trauma and PTSD are several areas where Chuck is an expert. 

Chuck’s rewarding career has graced him with over 53 Awards and Unit Citations for his remarkable commitment and service.  Harbor of Grace is blessed to have Chuck and his passion to serve on our Team to help our First Responder Program become the regional leader in the treatment of our Nation’s heroes.  He is a Harford County resident where he lives with his wife of 31 years and two sons.



Mike McDermott, Peer Support Counselor, NYPD (Retired)

Mike was born and raised in Queens, New York.  Joining NYPD is January 1987, his various assignments include:  NSU5, 34 Precinct, Police Academy Instructor, Street Crimes, Warrant Squad, CWIT, Joint Apprehension Warrant Squad (JAWS), 71 PDU.

During Mike’s amazing career, he was awarded the Combat Cross medal and various Commendations and Meritorious police duty citations for exceptional police duties.  He retired from NYPD as a second grade Detective out of the 71 PDU.

Like the rest of our grieving nation, Mike was devastated by the terrorist attacks on 9/11.  He was detailed as a detective at “Ground Zero” on occasion and witnessed first hand the importance of Peer Support.

Mike is a trained Peer Support Counselor and helped coordinate the weekly hybrid 12 step meeting in Bowie, Maryland.  He is an instructor in Mental Health First Aid and member of the regional CISM Team. Mike is currently a patrol officer in Maryland where he continues working the road.  He is married 27 year to his wife Jeanne, and has three children.

Mitch Brooks

Mitch’s firefighting career began in 1991 in the US Navy where he served four years as an E5 Shipboard Firefighter.  Mitch’s civilian career with the Baltimore City Fire Department included eight years with a Truck Company, another eight years as a Paramedic on a medic unit including being selected as one of two firefighter/paramedics to serve as a Tactical Medic for the Baltimore City Police Department S.W.A.T Team.  He also served one year at the Fire Academy training new recruits.

Mitch’s personal journey in recovery from alcoholism began 23 years ago.  His Peer Support Skills and his ability to work with people in early recovery make Mitch a tremendous asset to our clinical team.  He lives in Havre de Grace with his wife of 26 years and his three daughters.

Bruce Snyder

Bruce began his fire department career in Baltimore City in 1981 as a firefighter/medic.  In 1982, he was hired on at Baltimore County Fire Department, where he had a great 35-year career as a firefighter, medic and rescue specialist.  During his career, Bruce was a Maryland State certified Fire Academy Instructor, Nationally Certified Haz-Mat Technician, Search Dog Handler and Fire/Arson Investigator, CMTF Search Team Manager for FEMA and designed, implemented and directed a Health & Wellness, Physical Fitness Hiring Agility Program.

Bruce has dedicated his life to working with programs that support and benefit the culturally underprivileged, our global environment, LGBTQ interest, indigenous peoples and natural wildlife.  He is a competent life coach, with an educational background in art therapy, music therapy, EMDR and psychodrama.  He currently serves as a CISM Peer Support Responder and educational chaplain within the fire service.  Bruce’s certifications include Mental Health First Aid, CISM, Federation of Fire Chaplains and Internal Family Systems.