Just Livin’ the Dream

Just Livin’ the Dream: New Year, New Beginnings

Among the countless things that my father taught me about his craft was that as a firefighter you should never stop learning, never say "you know it all", and always keep an open mind to changes and progressions in the art of fighting fire. If you've been around the fire service for any length of time you know, and have seen, the fire service transform into much more than just "putting the wet stuff on the red stuff" organizations.

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Just Livin’ the Dream: What It Takes

What words do you use to describe blackness, the most black that black can get, even telling someone to close theirs eyes really doesn't do it justice, but we that's been there know that's what it's like to mask up and cross over a buildings threshold and into hell. How do you tell someone that every bone in your body is going to be screaming at you to go the other way.

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Just Livin’ the Dream: Intro (New Column)

My section of the blog site will become affectionately known as "Just Livin' the Dream." This was a coin phrase of my father who was a 2nd generation firefighter and had put in 45 years of service to the city of New Albany before his retirement, only to have his career begin again as Fire Chief for the Georgetown Twp. FD. My father was the best firefighter I've ever known, but as good as a firefighter as he was, he was an even better fire service instructor.

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