I try to be a Brother through and through to the best I can in my words and actions. None of us are perfect so why is it we want others to be? As much as I would love to be a F.O.O.L. I have not joined or been asked to join because the one here is mostly like a gated community so to speak. If we like you, you are in and we will ask you. Otherwise you have to be nominated by three standing members and be voted in. Now I am not one to go to my buddies and ask them to nominate me as a candidate for membership so part of the reason I am not there. I think my deeds and who I am should speak for me, so maybe I am just to proud to beg? I have read the Internationals by-laws numerous times and it does no where state it is a closed organization but instead leaves it up to the individual chapters to tweak the membership to their liking. So I know the Prez of our chapter here...he is a great firefighter/leader and I consider him a good friend and brother but when he tells you "that when the group goes right, I tend to go left"...WTF! What is wrong with not following the in crowd sometimes? Does that make you or me any less of a Brother or a firefighter? HELL NO! A lot of us were and still are Leatherheads long before they had an organization about it. So where EXACTLY is the "Brotherhood" when a person of such high standing (prez) in a group that prides it'self on "Promoting Brotherhood and Commaraderie" in the frie service says that to a guy with 24 years under his belt? I think I am and have also been told by friends who are not like us, that I am one of the kindest and most caring, funny and laid back persons they know!
Another problem and this is a huge one..."Grudges" Where is the Brotherhood when you or someone else holds a grudge against a person? How are or what are you doing to make an effort to rectify the situation and let it be water under the bridge? Grudges are death traps in our trade! Seriously would you want to be searching an area being in the "S***" and having to worry if jo blow over there who has a grudge against you is going to help you if there is a problem? A true brother puts that stuff to the side or never holds on to it for very long. LET IT GO!!!! for yours and the safety of our other brothers and sisters and the ones we swear to serve and protect! FIDO (Forget It, Drive On)!
KTF Brothers and Sisters....God is working on it!
Jen, it's like the "wizard of Oz" stated, it was in you all along...you (proverbial you) had the ability to be the brother/sister. If you chose not to, shame on you all! You are right about the show...proven this week...but moreso proven this week is the impact a few can have on many. Sometimes all it takes to spark the "brotherhood" you speak of is one man, one kind word, one attaboy. I got it once, and you know from who, it changed my life, and i will continue to attempt to do the same. Five little words, "keep fire in your life..." Live it, love it, pass it on. Thanks Jen, was a great time, you did a hell of a job SISTER.
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