The big shiney red trucks!! The willingness to help the community. I remember the guys gathered around the station as a youngster and thought there is where I want to be someday. Now it's 30 years later, what a ride it has been!!!
Let me tell ya something, brother. I am excited that you are here! You may be "retired" from active firefighting, but I am glad you changed your mind, at least with this site. You still have a lot to give the "youngins" and you are already showing that by your recent posts. I believe that there is a need to pass on our knowledge. Your experience and knowledge doesn't have to be silenced by "retirement". Thus my excitement when you responded to my invitation. While we may never get to throw a ladder together, stretch a line, or overhaul a room again, know that at the very least, I will still count on you as a firefighter. You may have gone fishing, and you do deserve to do so. Save me a spot for later. The following has been said before, but I think it is appropriare here again. "Take a man fishing, and he'll eat for a day." "Show him how to fish, and he'll eat for a lifetime." I thank you for the many "fishing" opportunities we have shared throughout the years. I know I am the better for it!