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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Catching up and a simple "Trick of the Trade"

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Well, the good news is that I lived 12 hours following my last post  and made it to 4-day break. As usual, I’ve been just as busy at home on the farm as I am while on the job. We’ve been lucky enough to have been getting some much needed rain. Our hay fields are once again green and have responded well to ...

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If I live 12 more hours!

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Geesh !  WHAT A WEEK !! The good news is that if I can last about 12 more hours, I’ll be headed home for what will hopefully be a relaxing Sunday and the beginning of my 4 day break. Yesterday started off good, got busy and then ended late but good. It started off with me and the Buckaroo meeting Captain ...

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LOL … Ahhhh the places I could go!

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LMAO …. I have SO much content and “directions” I could go in for a great post. Of course, my regular readers know that the one thing that I don’t tolerate is “fretting” so I guess I’ll shoot it to ya straight. It’s been a busy summer for me but for some reason, these last few weeks have really taken ...

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Buckle up!

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I really haven’t checked in with a “full” post since our 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in Greenbelt, Md back on the 11th. I received a TON of e-mails, text messages and comments on the site from that post ( I Cried ) … THANKS! I was hesitant to hit the “publish” button on that post. I had so much I wanted to ...

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I cried ….

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I know …I know … I’m a fireman. Well guess what ??? Firemen are HUMAN … we have feelings and emotion. Most of the time, we are able to set them aside, to hide them from our friends, family and the public. I haven’t been doing such a good job of that here lately and for good reason. Although I ...

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Why am I even here?

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I’ve asked myself that question thousands of times since the attacks on our Nation back in 2001. My dad, Rhett (The FireCritic), Todd “Boots” Harris and myself recently sat down for an interview with Roanoke Times reporter Jorge Valencia. It was a GREAT interview and I hope he realizes what he was able to capture on his recorder. We sat ...

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A bad day for Randy gets worse … we could both be dead!

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I arrived at the station at about 06:30am this morning.  As I always do, I went to my gear locker, got my PPE and placed it by the rig. Everything has it’s place and something caught my eye … something out of place. It was a face piece … an SCBA mask and it was laying in the floor out in ...

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