Recently, I read this quote by an anonymous author – “A strong woman stands up for herself. A stronger woman stands for everybody else.” I can think of nowhere else this is truer than in today’s fire service.
My daughter, now 24, has never known a mother and father that wasn’t inspiring her to be anything she wanted – anything, regardless of the physical, emotional, and mental challenges. I was raised in a family of strong women, married a strong woman, and fathered a strong daughter – and I proudly serve in a fire and EMS service of strong women. I will fight the nastiest of fires and crawl down the darkest hallways with you. I will build you up when I can, and watch you soar far beyond my limitations. And I call you Sister with pride and reverence.
STAY FIRED UP, and remember, Dedication, Passion, and Skill knows NO gender… and NO limitations!
NEW Fire Engineering Magazine’s May issue editorial cartoon: Off Balance
How strong is your training program?
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What is leadership? What does it look like? What does it walk like… sound like? For most of us, we know a good leader when we meet them. They have a certain magnetism and charisma that just makes people gravitate toward them, and if they’re true and deserving, we follow – not blindly, but willingly. My friend EJ Mascaro was one of those leaders – true, trustworthy, passionate, genuine!
I had the honor and privilege to attend in his last class and I sketched out the concept from one of many brilliant insights into leadership from his military mindset. I couldn’t find the lines to draw this cartoon until recently. I hope I did him proud!
EJ’s presentation at the Northern Ohio F.O.O.L.S Survival Conference on January 14th, 2017.
The media and public are always watching… recording… posting. Don’t make their job easy!
Have fun out there, brothers and sisters – but leave those keys with a sober designated driver!
STAY FIRED UP, and get home alive!
DRAWN BY FIRE Flashback to 2012 – The Epidemic
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