I’m feeling oddly nostalgic for Tampa this morning. We moved there in the 2004 after hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne had already wreaked havoc across the state. I interviewed for the Tampa Tribune editorial cartoonist gig between hurricanes Charley and Francis and remember walking around debris on my way to the office. Below is my very first cartoon published in the Trib – miss drawing local cartoons!
Never forget, and keep those still suffering with the scars of that day in your thoughts and prayers.
DRAWN BY FIRE flashback: Never miss and opportunity to train.
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GUARDIAN OF THE WILD
I am excited to introduce my new print, Guardian of the Wild. Inspired by childhood memories of Smokey calling upon all of us to prevent forest fires, and my love of nature and the tranquility it offers to all of us who choose to protect it. Guardian of the Wild is my vision of a native woodland fire fighter – ever vigilant and prepared to protect the natural home of all creatures large and small.
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There are a few professions where you can fake it through an entire career and never be exposed as a fraud – whether career or volunteer, firefighting is NOT one of them. Sure, you might slide for a while, but sooner or later you’re going to ride the bull and there’s simply nowhere to hide when you do. So the message here is simple: Get serious, be dedicated, train like your life depends on it, train like the people you swore to protect lives depend on it, and prepare for the ride – or kindly walk your butt out the back door!
STAY FIRED UP, and grab the Bull Rope!
There is a lot of derisive talk these days about appropriate aggressive tactics and when to use them… or not to use them… and quite a few people are making a name for themselves preaching the extremes on both sides of the banter. “Believe and act the way I do or you’re a coward,” or “science and risk aversion is the only true way of the fire service!” The pendulum swings to the extreme far right and left, and common sense is somewhere in the middle. Unfortunately there is so much divisive chatter going on that it feels as if common sense is an ugly four-armed green-headed alien stepchild. The simple truth is the vast majority of firefighters and chief officers know the limitations of their manpower, training, and equipment to make the appropriate strategic calls regardless of all the Monday morning chiefs, keyboard warriors, and self-promoting mavens out there. Saves are being made and fires are being extinguished every single day around this country – all without the help of the experts.
Perhaps we should all just take a step back and heed the immortal words of Sgt. Hulka from the movie Stripes, “Lighten up, Francis!”
STAY FIRED UP!