2022 Men’s Retreat

July 24, 2022 – July 27, 2022, All Day

The Ridgeline Hotel – 101 S St Vrain Avenue, Estes Park, CO
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This retreat is for husbands, male life partners, fathers, step-fathers, sons, step-sons, brothers, and step-brothers, ages 18 and above, whose spouse, life partner, parent, step-parent, sibling, or step-sibling has been honored or is approved to be honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Get ready for an adventure in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado! Located 90 miles northwest of Denver, at 7,522 feet above sea level, Estes Park sits in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Majestic views span in every direction, and wildlife is abundant. Rocky Mountain National Park borders Estes Park at its eastern entrance.

This event will feature outdoor activities in the beautiful natural areas around Estes Park, including a guided fly-fishing excursion, as well as facilitated conversations designed to help you navigate your loss. The emphasis will be on sharing stories, building, and strengthening coping skills, having new experiences, and connecting with peers who have experienced similar loss.


Dr. Joah Williams, PhD

Dr. Joah Williams, PhD

Dr. Joah Williams is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. His professional work spans a variety of topics in the area of traumatic stress and extends into the related areas of community violence and traumatic grief. His research focuses on psychosocial and health consequences of trauma exposure across the lifespan and the development of traumatic stress prevention and early intervention programs. Dr. Williams is also a licensed psychologist and continues to practice as a psychologist at University Health in Kansas City, Missouri.

Donny Ottaway

Donny Ottaway

Donny Ottaway is a Colorado Native who has been hunting and fishing the rivers, lakes, prairies, and mountains of the great state of Colorado. He is an Army Veteran of 5 years where he served in the Infantry. Donny is currently a Captain with the South Adams County Fire Department where he has served for 10 years. In his spare time, he has served as a fishing guide on occasion for several years. He began his career as a fishing guide in Alaska. He looks forward to meeting and fishing with everyone!

Eric Nagle

Eric Nagle, NFFF Family Programs Staff

Eric Nagle joined the Foundation as a Programs Specialist. He currently works in Family Programs, providing support to families through programs like Hal Bruno Kids Camp programs, the Sarbanes Scholarship Program, along with providing logistical and operational support to other Family Programs during the Memorial Weekend and throughout the year. Eric has previously served as Fire Chief and has over 30 years of service with the Cashtown Community Fire Department.

There is no charge for eligible men to attend. Travel arrangements for this event will be made through the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s travel agent, and all expenses will be covered by the NFFF. Registration will automatically reserve your room at the Ridgeline Hotel-Estes Park. Flights will be made from your hometown airport to Denver International Airport (DEN), and roundtrip transportation from the airport to the hotel will be provided. After you register for the event, a travel agent will contact you to assist in booking your flights.

Space is limited for this event. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration will remain open until the event is full or until June 24.

If you have questions or need further information, please contact
Eric Nagle at (301) 447-1431 or E-mail