Terry Smith
  • 71, Male
  • Wisconsin
  • United States
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  • Bobby Hill
  • jesse wright
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Profile Information

Type of Organization
Combination Fire Rescue Department
Job Function
Safety Officer
Years in Fire/EMS:
22yrs/Fire & EMS/Retired
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
City of Onalaska Fire Department
Years With Department/Agency
Dept. Web Site:
Other Past or Current Departments and Organizations
City of Onalaska Water/Sewer Department.
My Training:
Too numerous to list right now. Will later!
About Me:
Retired, due to injuries, just before 9/11. Now...I'm a writer! Short stories,memoir; life & fire experiences. Magazines, anthology's, newspapers."America's Heartland Remembers, Spirit of America, The People Book, The Wisconsin Academy Review and LaCrosse Magazine." At this time I'm working on a few of my own books. And now, I'm an AML (Leukemia) survior, for good I hope.
Now my granddaughter is going for an Associate (EMT/EMS) Degree and then into the Emergency Services (Ambulance/Firefighter) field. I can live with that. I don't know where she picked up on that vocation? :)

I'm German/Dad (Smith,Prise); Irish,Scottish, English,Cherokee/Mom (Williams, Bradley, Linam,Teague,Hodges) Oh yes, a certain Irish President O'Bama is my cousin; through each of our mother's branches of our family tree's. And now I know that Thomas Jefferson was a cousin through my cousin Robert E. Lee. It really is a small world! And, now I know that 11 other President's are distant cousin's.Plus Princess Diana, Winston Churchill and Robert the Bruce I & II. :) I wonder if the Pres. and my other cuz, Hank Williams Jr., are aware of these historical tidbits? It actually goes on and on, but I'll stop there.
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Why I Joined Fire/EMS
I just had to; after watching the Onalaska department fight our middleshool fire and just after my mom died at 47 from a brain tumor. Plus, when I was a little kid in Waukegan, Illinois, the fire chief lived next door and was always saving me from fires and explosions; usually from moments of my own stupidity; like, when I tried to develop rocket fuel for my own rocket. Then, after a tornado hit our house and others, he put his big, heavy white chief's helmet on my 6 year old head and told me to keep it - telling me that someday I was going to be a firefighter - if I didn't burn the neighborhood down first. Four years later, after the rocket fuel explosion, he retired and moved to Florida. Yes, the neighborhood's still there! And, contrary to some rumors, I had nothing to do with "The Great Chicago Fire." I was nowhere near that barn. :) Now that was O'Leary's. Maybe Denis Leary was at that one? :)
Why I Love Fire/EMS
Brotherhood/Sisterhood! Once its in your blood, its forever!
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Staffing, funding, Insurance, training and recognition. Especially for volunteers!

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At 12:38pm on October 14, 2009, johannes jacobus Barnard said…
hello Terry My friend I see that you are a member of Native American firefighters. I am so desperate for a patch like that. I want to make you an offer. I will send you 2 south african fire patches for one of those patches. So what do you say. I am waiting for your answer. warm greetings from south africa
At 1:08am on September 1, 2009, johannes jacobus Barnard said…
Hi Terry thank you so much my friend. Got it yesterday late. Our national post office guys was on strike for the past 2 weeks. Just after I got your patch I send yours out. It takes about 10 to 12 working days form here to the U S A. As I have said I am honest and you will get your patch. Have a nice time. warm greetings from south africa
At 7:43am on August 6, 2009, johannes jacobus Barnard said…
thanks my friend NO!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will not forget my friend. My first name is honest and my surname is very honest so there is not a way that I will forget. be safe greetings from south africa
At 4:56pm on June 7, 2009, Spider Kramer said…
Mitakuye Oyasin! Welcome
At 2:23pm on May 16, 2009, johannes jacobus Barnard said…
Hy terry thanks my friend. by ground? are you going to swim from there to here? LOL by ship there are so many pirates lately, you will have to send it by one of the USA navy ships, LOL No I think the best way to get it here is by air.
my address is

J J Barnard
P O Box 4267
Aston Bay 6332
Jeffreys Bay
Eastern Cape
South Africa

stay safe JJ
At 12:13pm on May 16, 2009, johannes jacobus Barnard said…
Hi terry I saw on someone's profile a beautiful patch with wisconsin birnamwood on it. will you please trade me your patch for my south african patch. be safe JJ
At 12:12pm on April 6, 2009, Cindy Devone-Pacheco, FireRescue said…
Thanks for the kind words, Terry. Yours is probably the best Firefighter Nation profile photo I've seen yet!
At 4:32pm on March 2, 2009, jesse wright said…
Sláinte Mhath
At 9:18pm on March 1, 2009, jesse wright said…
just a quick question. i knew a terry smith who was a fire fighter from a online gaming "clan". are you Firebarn20?? hit me back!!
At 11:33pm on October 25, 2008, Kelly Stanley-Huddleston said…
thought i would say hi!. did a huge event today to raise funds for a new program in a tennessee! what a huge success. hope you are well and stay safe!

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