For those of you who didn’t know, yesterday was the last day on the job for FDNY’s Rescue 1 Captain Robert Morris.
Captain Morris came to work back on March 19, 1973 and “aged out” with 40 years on the job at the age of 65!
I’ve had the honor of meeting Captain Morris several times and there’s no doubt that he’s a fireman’s fireman. I’ve always said “you can’t teach heart” and Captain Morris is an example of that.
I hope he’s able to find some peace in his retirement. I wrote several times how firefighters such as Captain Morris have a difficult time “letting go” or stepping away from the job.
I can only imagine the things this man has seen and done. Maybe he’ll take the time to sit down and write a book…. I hope so. I wanted to take a moment to congratulate and wish him well in retirement. He’s EARNED it! Related links and video below ….
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Also serving in Manhattan, Fireman Ruane is retiring from Truck 16.
I’ve also had the honor of meeting Kenny.
Back in “the day” I often stayed at the Quarters of 39/16 and even had the privilege of marching with them in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade following 9/11.
It was evident that Kenny was the “go to guy” for the younger members. It was said that he never aspired for promotion because he LOVED being a fireman.
Combined, these two Brothers (including Captain Morris) equate to 83 years of service to the FDNY and the people of New York. The good news is that they feel as if they’re leaving the job “in good hands”. Congratulations and best wishes to Fireman Kenny Ruane as well…. he too has EARNED it!
Smurf retired from the Roanoke Fire/EMS Department (Va) on June 20, 2012 with 28 years of service.
He didn’t attend the Union Banquet to receive his axe and asked if I would get it for him. I wanted to do something a little more formal or fancy but it didn’t work out.
Smurf has and always will be a close friend of mine. He was a “good Jake”.
He was instrumental in helping to spec a fleet of 1991 Gruman rigs the Department purchased. Many still say that they were the best rigs to work off of in the Department’s history (a couple are still in service as reserve pieces today).
He worked for years as my dad’s Lt. out of station #6 on the Southside of town. I grew up in that house. When I made Lieutenant, I was assigned to #6 on C-shift, working opposite of Smurf. What I will remember him most for is trading shifts with me so dad and I could work the same shift while my step mother fought cancer.
His career didn’t have the “story book ending” I’m sure he hoped for. He retired early but has become a better man because of it.
I was honored to have been able to hand him that axe … like the men mentioned above, he too EARNED it. Congratulations and best wishes Smurf …. I love ya Brother!
OK …. so FREE HELMETS! Yea…. how cool is that?
Most of you know that Rhett and I wear Phenix helmets. We think they are the best helmet on the market and we prove it almost on a daily basis. Not only is the Helmet good, the company is made up of GREAT people as well.
The folks at Phenix have a genuine concern for firefighters and our safety. They truly understand words like TRADITION, PRIDE, HONOR and RESPECT.
Don’t believe me?? Get this…. To celebrate 40 years in business, Phenix teamed up with ESS and The Nation Firefighters Endowment to give away 40 helmets to a Department in need. They ran a photo / video contest on Face Book and narrowed their selection down to ten Departments. At FDIC this year, they announced the winner.
What’s even better is that they will be delivering them in person. On Saturday, July 13th Phenix will be at Wears Valley Fire Department in Sevierville, Tn. Then on Tuesday, July 16th, they will be at the Ozark fire Protection Districts Station #1 in Ozark, Mo.
The times and addresses are in the press release to the right (Click it to enlarge).
What other helmet company does this? NONE! I’d like to personally say “THANK YOU” to Phenix for their continued support of the Fire Service. If you’re not wearing a Phenix…. YOU SHOULD BE! I’ll add all the links you need … check em out.
I’ll be meeting up with NFE President Shane Parkins and we will be delivering some much needed relief to our Brother and Sister firefighters down there who were affected by the EF5 Tornado that tore through Moore back on May 20, 2013.
24 firefighters lost EVERYTHING and another 72 suffered significant loss.
The NFE has teamed up with the IAFF (International Association of Fire Fighters) to establish a fund dedicated to paying the insurance deductibles for these members. This was the best way we found to assure we could help as many firefighters (and their families) as possible and be assured the money was going where it needed to go.
We will be on the ground for 4 days and have a camera / video crew with us. We will tour the damage and visit with some of those affected. I will try to keep you updated as much as possible.
If you don’t know about or support the NFE (National firefighters Endowment) you SHOULD. It’s YOUR support that makes all our work possible.
Thanks for following …. stay SAFE and in House!