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Three Days on the Road–Fire and EMS

Looking forward to speaking with firefighter/EMT/paramedic/first responder groups the next three days in Weston, Marshfield, and Rhinelander. It has been my privilege to be involved in Fire/EMS for over 25 years now. Especially enjoy how we all show up with different backgrounds and occupations but can speak the same language (S.A.M.P.L.E., surround-n-drown, B.S.I., water hammer, etc.). A special thanks to my hometown department in New Auburn, the Chetek crew, and TFD’s Emergicare. My schedule limits the amount of calls I can make but I’m still grateful to carry the pager. Speaking event info here.

Forty Years of Service

It was my recent honor to be present for an event in my hometown of New Auburn, Wisconsin, to honor Chief Ernie Sylvester (below, center, in shorts), retiring after 40 years of service to the village and surrounding environs. It was my privilege to serve 12 years beside the Chief and my other neighbors.

NAAFD Chief Retire

 

Writing Riddle

Came back to the desk to find this on my computer screen:

Pager Interrupts Writing

Can you guess what happened? Answer below (don’t be distracted by the smudges, they’re electronic and I put them there after the fact):

 

[Insert Jeopardy! theme here]

 

I was working on a manuscript when the pager went off. Switched from typing a story to typing an address.

It’s one of my favorite things in the world: transforming mid-word from writer guy to EMS/fire guy. Most meaningful privilege of my life, serving with my neighbors, even if only for a few calls per year.

 

World Book Night – Population 485

NAAFD Helmet

The purpose of this post is to offer my heartfelt thanks to those of you (both givers and readers) participating in World Book Night. After the word went out and givers started signing up, I quickly realized I couldn’t manage to personally thank everyone in the manner they deserved, so I hope this post will go a little way toward doing that. Notes, photos (including the Beagle’s tattoo!), and a video after the break.

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Gotta Go

Today’s procrastination enabled by pager; from 1st draft to driving an ambulance in the blink of a strobe. I love EMS/fire part of my life. Privilege.

Proud

Tomorrow my honorary nephew Connor McDowell will be competing in the Firefighter Combat Challenge finals.  I don’t overdo the word “proud,” but I’m deploying it now. Well done, sir. (Live stream available at site)