UPDATED 10/26/2019 43 years ago I was allowed to join the Rusling Hose Company along with Patty Hudzik & Ray Ramirez. We were about an hour late in getting inducted into the organization as there was a working fire on Genesee St. But President Shreeve Barton made sure we had an abbreviated meeting so we could join the ranks of Hamilton’s first fire company that was founded in 1896. There has been nothing else that has had the significant impact in defining my life as I was joining this highly respected emergency services family. Thanks to Rusling Hose Company Fire / Ambulance & Rescue for the success I’ve had in life, family, and work. I would like to think I’ve never lost sight of where I came from and always consider myself not an Ambulance Captain, Fire Chief or Director Of Fire Services 1st, but consider myself a humble firefighting servant whose job is to make a difference one person, one building at a time.
Rusling Hose has imbedded values in me that will make sure I stay humble and serve others. It has set the foundation in me to be an educator, mentor and work to better fire & EMS. I strongly believe with all that Rusling has unselfishly provided me, it’s my duty to give back to the emergency services till the day I die.
Thanks to all who tried to keep me in line and have become my lifelong family. I am honored to have been allowed and continue to be part of The Rusling Hose Company and the proud tradition set by our forefathers.
40 years next week
It is the Leader who drives the rig
It is the Leader who throws the ladder
It is the Leader who stretches the line
It is the Leader who operates the pump
It is the Leader who rolls the hose
It is the Lewder who does not forget where they came from and teach others the same…..