Open Minded Visions
Spot on Tony! The main reason I stopped running active….I’m not combat ready. I started feeling like a liability on the fireground. I want to grow old…er older with my wife! Be Safe!
Tony – it is even harder to be told by the docs that you will never be combat ready due to medical reasons unrelated to firefighting, and if you do participate actively on a fire that you will be a liability – – the words hurt – for a short time – until you realize you can be just as much of an asset assisting with the fire scene. If all of the able bodied firefighters would realize they CAN and should keep themselves in as good a condition as possible – the LODD number would be drastically reduced. In effect, Tony you are absolutely on target. More firefighters should read your blog and make those necessary changes. We want to make sure that Everyone Goes Home – SAFELY. I am sure that Paul would agree with me, that not running active doesn’t diminish a persons worth in the fire service – there are many other functions that us OLD TIMERS perform to make sure the active firefighters can perform their duties, and then go home to their families. Thank you Paul and Tony for your outstanding service. Keep up the good work my friend ! ! !
Outstanding post Mike. What a great attitude. I honored to be your brother in arms.
This applies to so many professions that have been the fabric of our communities….law enforcement, nursing, teaching…the words may be different but the sentiment is exactly the same. Lead by example, don’t expect to be rewarded for doing what is right, it isn’t your outfit, its your actions…etc. Thank you for putting it into words.
Tony, I’m not sure why, but you spoke to me in the article and I hope to one day do the same for others. You helped and motivated me when I really needed it the most. I’m sure you read my posts and I know I can be a bit wordy however I just wanted to say thank you brother.
Brett thanks for the kind words. I replied as you inspired me with your words. You provide reinvigoration to tray and provide a message that others can utilize in real life, not just in social media. thanks Again
Great blog particularly about knowing when to step down. I was a volunteer fire fighter back when Virginia Beach had a combination paid volunteer fire department. I was also a member of the rescue squad. That was many years ago.
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