Other Past or Current Departments and Organizations
City of Onalaska Water/Sewer Department.
Too numerous to list right now. Will later!
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. http://www.meetthewilkins.com/terry_smith/
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.
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!
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
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
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