May 18, 2023

“Leadership is understanding people and involving them to help you do a job. That takes all of the good characteristics, like integrity, dedication of purpose, selflessness, knowledge, skill, implacability, as well as determination not to accept failure.” – Admiral Arleigh Burke, USN LODD: 1896 Five Washington, DC firefighters are killed in two collapses at a […]

May 16, 2023

Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy. – Saadi My wife and I visited the Napa Valley several years ago and had a wonderful dinner at Mustards Grill.  I still make their Braised Red Cabbage quite often. LODD: 2001 Fire fighter dies during the night at fire station – Missouri. 1964 A […]

May 15, 2023

The first NIOSH report today.  This report details the events that led to the shooting and death of Appleton, Wisconsin Firefighter Mitchell Lundgaard on an EMS call for a patient having seizures on a city bus.  Police bodycam video of the incident shows how the incident went from EMS call to deadly shooting in just […]

May 14, 2023

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James LODD: 2014 Firefighter suffers fatal heart attack while providing emergency medical services – Washington. 2007 Captain suffers a fatal heart attack while participating in fire department physical fitness training program – California. 2006 Career Lieutenant dies in residential structure fire – […]

May 13, 2023

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”  –  John Quincy Adams LODD: 2004 Fire chief suffers sudden death during training – Alabama. 2004 Volunteer fire fighter suffers cardiac arrest while battling a structure fire – New York. 1985 Firefighter electrocuted while rappelling down […]

May 11, 2023

“The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.” – John Maxwell LODD: 1915 A Firefighter from Westwood Fire Department in New Jersey dies in the Line of Duty 1934 A firefighter from Pennsylvania died after falling under the apparatus and having his legs crushed on May […]

May 10, 2023

Written by a gentleman that I sometimes play golf with, NORVEL: An American Hero by Kenneth Conklin, is about a Olympic Gold Medalist from rural southwest Virginia.  I enjoyed the read and couldn’t resist plugging a friend’s book!  UPDATE:  There will soon be a historical marker along US 220 thanks to the awareness raised by […]