About Pause First Academy

Owner Kim Colegrove created Pause First Academy to help support society’s warriors, protectors, guardians and healers.

Colegrove lost her husband David to suicide, just after he retired from a 30-year law enforcement career.

This devastating loss led Kim on a journey of discovery of how long-term and chronic exposure to trauma impacts first responders, and she felt compelled to do something to help this population.

She started working with first responders, told David’s story, wrote books, and ultimately created Pause First Academy, an organization dedicated to supporting first responder resilience, wellbeing, and work-life balance. Pause First Academy offers in-person and online education, information, courses, and other resources for professionals who are exposed to trauma and the trauma of others.

Learn more about Kim below.

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David M. Colegrove, former police officer and Senior Special Agent, Ret. 1963-2014


Kim Colegrove Pause First

My Why

In September of 2014, my husband David retired from a 30-year law enforcement career, and less than three months later, I lost him to suicide. First responders are very well trained, but they are not prepared for the mental and emotional impact of the job. I created Pause First: Mindfulness for First Responders and Pause First Academy, to honor David, and to help other first responders and frontline workers learn how to increase resilience.


My Experience

I have been practicing meditation for over 40 years and have taught mindfulness professionally for more than a decade. I’m the creator of PAUSE15 Meditation℠ and Learn to Pause℠ Mindfulness Training. Although I work exclusively with first responders and frontline workers now, I have had the honor to help corporations and their employees in the past. My corporate clients include Garmin International, The National Court Reporters Association, Department of Veterans Affairs, United Way, and others.

Kim is an experienced international speaker and is available for keynotes, in-service training, and conferences.


The Battle Within

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Pause First Academy is honored to partner with The Battle Within by providing meditation and mindfulness training.

The Revenant Journey

This free 5-day program gives warriors the opportunity to come together to discover what burdens them, allow them to safely face those burdens, and give them the tools to begin working at overcoming them. This holistic approach using evidence-based methods tends to the whole warrior; mind, body and soul.


  • Kim's class was great! We received so many compliments and several deputies came to talk to me after the presentation. I think our people are beginning to understand that it is ok to feel “not ok” at times, and presenters like Kim are playing a big part in that. I would highly recommend this in-service training.

    Christy Knowles, Undersheriff Ozaukee County Sheriff's Office, WI
  • The work Kim and her associates are doing will change the culture of our industry. It won’t happen overnight, but neither did CIT, and look at all the lives we have changed and saved.

    John Wallschlaeger Owner, Gold Stripe Consulting, LLC
  • I continue to do my breathing and meditations and it helps tremendously – immediately relaxes me and gets rid of the ache in my neck. Sleeping better and handling stress better.

    CJ Rieg Chief Assistant District Attorney, Douglas County, Kansas
  • I have worked with emergency responders for a long time through CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management) and other channels. Kim Colegrove has offered many trainings at Johnson County Mental Health Center, and I believe the work of Pause First can help the mental health professionals and first responders who work so hard to keep us safe and healthy.

    Susan Rome Deputy Director, Johnson County Mental Health Center
  • Kim Colegrove provided a four hour block of training on Meditation and Mindfulness for all of our 200+ employees. She told her story, spoke about the science of stress and trauma and provided instruction on techniques to mitigate some of life’s stressors.

    This class in not just a class for your job, it is a class for your life. I recommend Kim Colegrove and Pause First for not only law enforcement training, but any first responder related field.  She is down to earth and knows how to reach this very critical and suspicious demographic.

    Sgt. Brian W. London Training Coordinator, Riley County Police Department



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