Love After Loss: An Unexpected Journey

Episode Summary

In the final episode of Season 2, Dawn and Mike Carroll share the unexpected path they took to find each other. In New Jersey, Dawn was a medic and flight nurse who thought she might never recover after the death of her firefighter fiance, Jon. In Maine, Mike was a paramedic and widower who poured his energy into helping his two grown sons cope with the loss of their mother, Cindy. One weekend, Dawn and Mike were both scheduled to attend a National Fallen Firefighters Foundation event. They describe their meeting and how their past partnerships helped them find love again after loss.
Grief in Progress
Grief in Progress
Love After Loss: An Unexpected Journey

Inside Love After Loss: An Unexpected Journey Podcast

Grief in Progress
Grief in Progress
Love After Loss: An Unexpected Journey

Meet Dawn M. Carroll of Maine

Dawn and Mike

Dawn M. Carroll

Jon's Fiancé

Dawn currently works for Prudential as Clinical Nurse Expert. She was prior medevac and trauma RN. In her spare time, she volunteers with the Travis Mills Foundation and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation doing Peer Support.

Some of Jon's qualities that Dawn carries forward in her own life include living life to the fullest and being kind to all.

Roselle Fire Department (NJ)

Age: 50
Date of Death: November 16, 2011

Jon was Roselle’s most highly decorated firefighter. In addition to being awarded Fire Fighter of the Year three times‚ he received Valor Awards from the New Jersey Fireman’s Mutual Benevolent Association and the St. Barnabas Hospital Burn Foundation‚ and the Community Service Award from the Roselle NAACP. A highlight of his career was the delivery of thirteen babies. In 1997‚ while off duty‚ Jon rescued a civilian trapped in a burning car‚ for which he received a Valor Award from the City of Woodbridge. In his memory‚ and in an effort to preserve his love for the community‚ the Borough of Roselle‚ the Roselle Chamber of Commerce‚ Agape House of Worship‚ and the Young family are holding the Annual Jon Young Memorial 5K.

Jon was a big man with an even bigger heart. He was an angel on earth.
Jon was caring and protective. He was a firefighter’s firefighter - the most highly decorated firefighter in the state of New Jersey.

Our family includes my husband Mike, daughter Ashley, sons Stephen and Kurt, Mike's sons Sean and Jamie , our seven grandsons, and dogs Ally, Maggie and Mae.

Watch a Hero Tribute to Jon


The Travis Mills Foundation supports post-911 recalibrated veterans and their families through various programs that help these heroic men and women overcome physical and emotional obstacles, strengthen their families, and provide well-deserved rest and relaxation.

They support these veterans through their nationally recognized retreat located in the Belgrade Lakes Region of Maine. Veteran families who have been injured in active duty or as a result of their service to our nation receive an all-inclusive, all-expenses-paid, barrier-free experience in Maine where they participate in adaptive activities, bond with other veteran families, and enjoy much-needed rest and relaxation in Maine’s outdoors. 

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