As I sit here reading these posts by Brothers in the Fire Service that I have a huge amount of respect for, I can easily remember that “ah ha” moment when I realized I wanted nothing more than to be a FOOL! It was 2010 at the Alaska Fire Conference in Seward, Alaska. I had not been in the fire service very long at that point so I wasn’t sure what to expect at my first fire conference. The keynote speaker that year was Brother Bobby Halton. When I heard him speak at opening ceremonies I got goose bumps all over. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. It was like he knew what I was thinking.
It was at that fire conference that we participated in the first 3.43K Cameron Carter Memorial Run, honoring a member of a FOOLS chapter here in Alaska that passed away in a helicopter crash while working as a flight medic on a medevac crew. After the run, was FOOLS Night Out. This is where the whole thing was sealed up for me. The guys that I met that night immediately took me in as part of their family, permanently cementing my desire to a part of this incredible organization. Since then I have had the opportunity to attend one FOOLS Convention hosted by our Farthest North FOOLS Brothers in Fairbanks, Alaska. It was so refreshing to spend a week with like-minded individuals that have since become like family scattered across the United States. I have had the opportunity to do a little traveling both in state and out of state for training and constantly see FOOLS leading from every position, providing top notch training and giving of themselves.
It has been almost 5 years now and most recently I was elected President of our chapter. I don’t take this responsibility lightly. It is up to us to stand up and lead. Being a FOOL has certainly made me a better firefighter, father and husband because of the values that we stand for. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for the FOOLS and the fire service.
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