A couple of things I should mention here is that 1.) we followed the key note speaker ... Chief Bobby Halton. Yea... "THAT" Bobby Halton... OMG... talk about pressure.Read More »
Tag Archives: Buckaroo
Maybe my "value" can be found in being a firefighter? In being on the job and willing to help others ... to die if need be for complete strangers. IS there "value" in what we do? Who's and how much? How do you measure it?Read More »
When bad incidents turn good
My comfort (if there was any) was in thinking that at least we were able to give a mom and dad a little time with their child. I didn't even know their names back then. I didn't want to. I didn't want to attach names with faces or images inside my head. I didn't want to think about if she lived or not. Did she make it? Did we do everything we could have?Read More »
Retirement…. you know when it’s time.
My dad has been retired from the job for several years now. I’ve been fortunate enough to see several good firemen make to retirement age and beyond. I’ve also seen a few that retired and passed soon after, never getting to reap the rewards of their labor. In a Face Book post yesterday, I mentioned some big news coming today. ...Read More »
“Two Hatters”…Firefighters Wearing Two Hats (or more).
For us, it's not so much about supporting Career vs. Volunteer; it's about supporting the Fire Service. It's about being PROFESSIONAL, doing the job and even more than that .... it's about DOING THE RIGHT THING. It's about supporting our Brothers and Sisters who are out there in the street day after day.... on the FRONT LINES of America sacrificing themselves and all that they have in the service of others. It's WHO WE ARE and a pay check will and can NOT define us.Read More »
2013.. Facing Suicide head on without committing it.
It’s New Year’s Eve 2013 and I’ve never looked more forward to putting a year behind me than I am right now. Those of you who have followed this site know the struggles I’ve faced since December 30, 2012. It hasn’t been easy! Typically, for my “Year End” post, I recap my favorite or “most popular posts” from the previous ...Read More »
All Hands Working …. situation …" Doubtful "..errr … "Will Hold" … maybe??
First off, I need to say THANK YOU for all the Christmas cards, and messages I received. I personally read each of them and can tell you that they helped lift my spirits (sorry I haven't replied to them all) . I cried every day after coming home to see the fresh stack awaiting me on the kitchen counter. It is very humbling to know that so many of you out there are thinking and care so much about me and my family.Read More »
Money can't buy what I found at the Trump National Golf Course…
Chief Chatman had told me not to get "too excited" about the visit because they were "just a small rural Department". Well, I can tell you that size, run stats or status (paid or volunteer) doesn't matter when it comes to Pride for the Job.Read More »
Snakes, Electricity and Hookers with an "Adam's Apple"
Today's incident would not have ran so smoothly without the well trained and disciplined Officers and members we have on shift. We could have very easily made Fire Geezer's headlines today with another big "Ka Boom".Read More »
The power of people ….
It's up to them to EARN that position ... nobody will "give" it to them. It takes dedication and heart and we can't teach either of them! Good luck to Recruit Class #16.Read More »