Holdfast Recovery’s own CEO, Brendan McDonough, was recently featured on author Jason Sautel’s “Jesus Is All We Need” podcast, where he shared his incredible story of survival and faith as a former firefighter who began his healing journey when he accepted Christ into his life.
Jason’s podcast draws from his own experience as a firefighter walking by faith and will explore the transformational lessons that Jesus teaches us in our lives by featuring unique stories from different guests every episode.
Brendan’s story is familiar and known to our longtime supporters and patients. Brendan joined the Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite crew of Arizona firefighters, after struggling with heroin addiction, only to face tragedy on June 30, 2013, when all 19 of his teammates were killed in a firestorm in Yarnell that was later labeled the greatest loss of firefighter lives since the 9/11 attacks.
As the lone survivor of the tragedy, Brendan dealt with depression, PTSD, and alcohol abuse issues on his own. It was his faith in Christ and devotion to his family that led Brendan out of the darkness and to his present role as CEO of Holdfast Recovery, where he can share his story and help his community every day.
Our team is proud of Brendan for continuing to live by example and inspiring others to find their best selves.
About Jason Sautel
Jason Sautel has over two decades of experience as a firefighter and paramedic and is known for his memoir, The Rescuer: One Firefighter’s Story of Courage, Darkness, and the Relentless Love That Saved Him, which chronicles his depression and how God led him out of the darkness.
Brendan is featured in episode two of “Jesus Is All We Need.” Interested listeners can learn more by visiting the podcast’s home here on the Edifi podcast network.
Put Your Faith in God Today
Holdfast Recovery is a supportive and caring rehab facility that is rooted in our strong Christian values. Our background allows us to specialize in treating first-responders and veterans throughout Arizona who are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, as well as dual diagnoses. Our entire team is committed to helping our clients recover by building lasting relationships and providing high-quality treatment. Some of our effective treatments include group therapy, trauma-based EMDR, and cognitive behavioral therapy.
If you’re feeling helpless and lost, we understand—our team has been there before. When you join us, you can become a part of our loving community and be reminded that Christ will never fail or abandon you. Putting your faith in Him can set you free.
The start of your recovery is also the start of your new life. Holdfast Recovery is here to guide you when you call our Arizona team at (800) 680-7738 or contact us online. We’ve been in your shoes before and know what you’re going through.