“We have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart and to bring home those who have lost their way.”

— St Francis of Assisi

Operation Restore

The First Responders Post Trauma Training creates a safe, confidential environment for individuals to work through their most critical incidents and process the cumulative stress of risking their lives throughout their careers. For more information on Operation Restore, please contact the Center (813) 229-2695. Rev. Rick Malivuk facilitates Operation Restore with a team of certified counselors and health professionals.




The Reverend M. Richard (Rick) Malivuk, M. Div. Recently retired after serving local congregations for 35 years, Rick is now devoting his time to teaching first responders techniques for managing post traumatic stress issues. Certified in several CISM protocols he was a volunteer chaplain for Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and Tampa Fire Rescue. His experience as a combat veteran in Vietnam has provided him with a unique perspective on traumatic events and the effects on mind, body and spirit.




Dr. (Chaplain, MAJ-ret) Daniel Middlebrooks was born in Plant City, Florida, in 1966 and graduated from Plant City High School in 1984. After receiving his AA degree from Hillsborough Community College, he entered the Active Duty Army in May 1988 at FT. Jackson, SC, and began his career as a Physical Therapy Technician at Fox Army Hospital, Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL. He received his BS degree at Athens State College, Athens, Alabama, in 1990, and in June 1991, he entered New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and the Army Chaplain’s Candidate Program.

After receiving his MDIV in 1994, he was commissioned as a Southern Baptist Chaplain and served until February 2013. He received his DMIN at Erskine Theological Seminary in 2008 for Clinical Pastoral Care and Pastoral Counseling. His last military assignment was as the Senior Instructor and Course Developer/Manager for the U.S. Army Chaplain’s Career Course, where he trained and impacted over 300 promoting Chaplains. 

Dr. Middlebrooks has received numerous military awards to include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, The Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leave Clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, and Army Commendation Medal with one Silver and four Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters. He earned his Air Assault Wings in 1997 and his Recruiter Badge with three silver stars in 2006. The Office of the Chief of Chaplains and the National Bible Association awarded him the distinguished Witherspoon Award in 2010.  Chaplain Middlebrooks has deployed to MFO/Egypt (1999-00), Kosovo/Macedonia (2002), and Iraq (2008-09). 

Since retirement in 2013 and moving back home to Plant City, FL., Dr. Middlebrooks has served as the Senior Pastor of Hopewell Baptist Church and as the Command Chaplain for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. He currently serves as the President and Founder of Chaplaincy Care, Inc and the Relationship Leader, LLC, and as the Senior Chaplain for First Call, a First Responder Church. Dr. Middlebrooks also serves as the volunteer chaplain for multiple agencies within Hillsborough County to include the FBI Tampa Division. He is an accomplished columnist, author, lecturer, and internationally certified John Maxwell mentor/coach and trainer. He has been married for over 30 years to the former Arienne L. Plyler and has two daughters, Erica and Allison. His family has moved 19 times and understands what it means to “Bloom where God plants you!”



Articles and Press

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Steve Otto Article

Tampa Bay Article


First Responders Presentation and Lunch 2016

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