Something's fishy and I bet I'll make ya cry … well I did anyway

The “fishy” part comes from yesterday (Wednesday) evening.

It rained on and off all day and I decided early to end the day by taking the Buckaroo cat fishing.

Sometimes, I get a little ahead of myself because I don’t even own a fishing pole…LOL

No problem though because all I had to do was call Pop and tell him my plans. I think he was loading the truck before we even finished the call.


He made it out to the farm and late yesterday evening  we made our way up to the secret “honey hole”.

On the very first cast, the Buckaroo landed his first catfish!

The next thing you know he’s pulling em in right and left. Now, the little fella thinks he’s Bill Dance of something …. just look at that pose …LOL

It was a short session but very enjoyable. A GREAT way to end a long hard day.

I’m lucky to have such a large and great family (personal and firehouse) to share these moments with. I only wish my oldest daughter ( Randi-Jo ) and brother (Jack) could have been with us for the Buckaroo’s first catch … they are the two “real” fishermen of the family.

I have some more pics from the evening that I’ll share on Face Book so you all can see..

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So, that’s the “fishy” part of the title … I have a ton more stuff to share that is not fishy at all…. I’ll start with our latest “Product Review” from our site . The “FatIvan” fold up door chock review is up and waiting for YOUR review as well. Our site is the ONLY “firefighter” product site where YOU get the chance to “score” the products as well. Be sure it check it out (use the link above)  and don’t forget to follow us on Face Book by clicking  HERE


I also need to mention the fact that September is going to be a VERY busy month and I’m already excited. The 5th annual Officer’s Seminar will be held here in Roanoke and our speaker / presenter will be none other than Chris Naum! Yea… “THAT” Chris Naum. The Chris Naum of The Company Officer , Command Safety , Buildings on Fire  and more!

I can’t wait to see and hear this presentation!  I believe it will be our best seminar yet (as it should be after 5 yrs in the making).

Rhett and I will be heavily involved in promoting the event and keeping you informed as to the details (raffles, door prizes, after party etc.) so be sure to keep checking in with us.

If you are within a 2-3 hour drive of Roanoke, you will NOT want to miss this event ! Bristol to Winchester, if you are, or aspire to be; a company officer… make your plans NOW. Firefighter to Chief … everyone in attendance will learn something worth taking home!

Also in September, Rhett and I will be traveling out to South Dakota!

Oh yea baby … this is going to be MY kind of trip. We are heading out of the 1st annual South Dakota Firefighters Benefit.

Basically,  “The South Dakota Firefighter Benefit is an evening of Brotherhood and Fellowship for firefighters and families in the South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, and Nebraska area. Join us for great food and numerous giveaways. The evening will benefit the NFFF and NFE.”

Yep … one great big event for that areas firefighters and all proceeds go to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation as well as to the National Firefighters Endowment .

Rhett and I will be in State an entire week before the event. We will travel across the state in a Crimson Fire Truck making stops along the way at fire schools, houses etc to meet and talk with our Brothers and Sisters from South Dakota. Then, on the 15th; we will deliver the keynote address for the program …. WE ARE STOKED!  If you are in that area, make your plans now to attend and / or let us know if you’d like us to stop by your house on our way from Rapid City to Sioux Falls.

See the web site  HERE or follow on Face Book HERE

Since I’m talking about places North of here, I need to take another moment and mention somewhere and someone WELL NORTH of Va.

So North, it’s actually in Canada…. Calgary as a matter of fact.

A little while back, Zach Green of MN8 FoxFire was up there on business. While there, Zach met Luke Brisson who turns out was /is a fan of He had seen some of my “farm” pics where I was wearing my team roping buckle and figured me for the “buckle” type.

He sent me this one back and I LOVE IT !  I’ll get it on a belt and snap a pic for him soon …. be sure to keep checking back for that shot. THANKS for the thought, gesture and for sharing the Brotherhood from all the way across the border … I can’t wait to shake your hand and thank you personally.

Ok, so to finish with my title… I’m going to make you cry. I want to share a very touching local story with ya. You may remember back to October 2009 when we lost Captain Chris Brown to a sudden illness … see related posts and photos HERE HERE   and HERE .

His daughter, Caroline just graduated Valedictorian of her class and remembered her father in a way that only a daughter could. The story made me proud to be a father, to know Caroline and to have known and worked with her father.

Watch the video from by clicking HERE

Seriously … hit the link and watch that video….

Until I get back … stay SAFE and in House!

Captain Wines