May 13, 2022

“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, 2022

“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, 2022

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 […]

May 7, 2022

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – John F. Kennedy  Promotional processes often motivate firefighters to train and study harder.  But, as J.F.K.’s quote indicates, this learning, training and doing need to be a constant.  Most departments can see further back than the last few months when deciding who to promote. LODD:   […]

May 6, 2022

Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions. – Harold S. Geneen LODD: 2015 Captain suffers sudden cardiac death while performing physical fitness training – Mississippi. 2015 Lieutenant suffers sudden cardiac death at apartment fire – District of Columbia. 2013 An Alabama Asst. Chief dies from a medical emergency […]

May 5, 2022

Well, it has been two years and it is still hanging around, but things are returning to some degree of normalcy, whatever that is these days! A wise captain I worked with often said “This too shall pass”.  I think we need to remember it now with the COVID-19 situation. While difficult, dangerous and emotional […]

May 4, 2022

“Fewer things will impact a team’s morale than a leader who does not recognize their accomplishments and hard work.” ― Lt. General Harold “Hal” G. Moore LODD: 2015 A Lieutenant dies after suffering a medical emergency at a dwelling fire on April 24 2015 Firefighter suffers cardiac event following residential fire – New York. 2002 […]