The weekend was a success; however, it was emotionally and physically demanding. The trip to Nashville started off with a evening in Nashville. Saturday, I rode along at NFD Station 12: Task Force 12. After that, we had an evening out w/ family/friends, and called it an early night due to the climb being early Sunday. The climb was a great experience, and the trip back home is when my body thanked me for putting it through that experience.
Jared Lindholm, who is a coworker with me here in the Model City, has an uncle that works for Nashville Fire. He was gracious enough to allow us to stop by Station 12 and ride with him on a few runs. It was an eye opener for me as things around the fire house were very different compared to work. In my opinion, they focus on the important things that should matter to get the job done, and don’t get bent out of shape over the little things. Just like any other firehouse I have been in, the guys were very nice and had the coffee pot hot. We sat around and got to know the guys for a bit before catching a few runs. We ran a few alarms, but mainly just sat and listened. I always enjoy listening to the guys tell stories of runs, coworkers, etc. I am very grateful that Eng. Crawford and the guys at Task Force 12 allowed me to ride for a few hours.
As we finished the climb, we walked out on the steps of the tower where a bell and microphone awaited. I announced Lt. Gregg Atlas’ name with pride. Chill’s ran down by back as I rang the bell in his honor. I did not only climb for Lt. Atlas’, I climbed for each and every firefighter who has passed. I climbed for W.D. Patterson from Grove City, PA. I climbed for Charles “Brother” Smith from Chilhowie Fire. I climbed for Earl Morphew, and every other firefighter from the previous climbs. I wore all of their names and photos around my neck every step of the way.
After finishing up, we took a few photos with friends who had came to watch us climb. It was another great experience, and I hit the gym today preparing for the Charlotte that is just over a month away. Charlotte will be a very unique climb for me because my parents will be travelling down to watch me climb. I am looking forward to gaining another bond with another firefighter from FDNY next month.
That’s all for now. Thanks for the support from everyone. Thanks to the National Firefighter’s Endowment for furnishing me with my Black Diamond Fire Boots that I climbed in. Check out their website by clicking here. I am a proud Chief member of their Officer’s Club, and won the boots in one of their monthly give-aways. I could not have done it without each and every one of you.