Today as I got out of bed I received a wonderful thank you message from an anonymous source. I have to tell ya, it's amazing to be able to start a morning feeling this good! To all of you that have ever dropped me a line, this thank you is for you. This site would … Continue reading From the bottom of my heart
In the last few years we have witnessed a major turn in the way we view our minds. First responders of the past were though of as hard men that had a calling. This calling brought out the best of men and women that saw the worst the world could offer. Now we know that … Continue reading Mental Health Viewpoint: The Fine Line Between WHAT and WHO.
It's a subject that isn't often talked about. As much as fire/police/EMS want to be recognized for what we go through in the line of duty, nurses and hospital staff are still falling to the wayside. I've had many conversations on this topic lately, and it occurred to me that no matter which of my … Continue reading Our hospital staff are human too!!
Yesterday, I had to remove all the equipment, tools and hose from the first truck I rode on at my career department. It made me think... How often have you felt empty on the inside? Felt drained, lacking, or even useless? Fact is, this truck is still in great condition. Engine runs like a champ, … Continue reading A lot can be said for an old truck
Me with one of my personal hero’s in the fire service, Paul EnhelderThe problem with mental health issues both in the ranks of first responders, and in the civilian world, is not in the illness itself; it's in how it's treated. Treatment is often the same in a professional setting as it is for someone … Continue reading Are you ok with just getting by?
See me smiling? See me laughing? I don't have a care in the world but to enjoy a weekend with some of the best people I've ever had the privilege to know. there is a secret behind this smile though. Would you believe that this happy face is just moments away from a panic attack? … Continue reading Where is it?!
Before you saw the picture, I'm sure you knew what the next question was going to be. I've heard it countless times, and I'm sure you have too. These words asked hundreds of times a day all over the world, are, in my opinion, second only to "Thank you for your service". Oh wow! Your … Continue reading Oh you’re a (insert first responder title here)?!…..