I have attended his class! At the women in the fire service conference in Arizona last year. I read his chapters years ago, and have lived by them since! We have often been asked where we get the traditions and ceremonies from? Why do we have dinner together before our training nights? All those things I learned long ago, from Chief Lasky. So, Rick, I still give out those chapters, one at a time, to my firefighters as they progress through the ranks. I just brought on 2 more career captains, and yes, they did get changing shirts chapter. Often people ask, how do I keep the faith, the energy, the obvious love for the job? I tell them I think every day, I have the best job in the world, and nothing, (politics, firehall gosip, ect..) can bring me down after that. So, don't ever lose that, always look in the mirror, at your uniform, and think about how you truly do have the best job in the world!
My husband and I attended the Pride and Ownership class at Cleveland Communty College in NC on Sat. Nov. 15. The previous night we had drove up to the college from our hometown Valdese, NC to pick up our registration and see where the class was going to be held. On the drive home it had been raining and the fog was thick. As we were driving a mini van come in front of us from a side street just nearly missing us then hit the bank head on. To make a long story short, my husband wheeled the truck around and put on his stobes and lights to warn oncoming traffic. I jumped and ran to the victims which were a woman 30 years old and her 8 year old son. She had bilateral tib-fib fractures. My husband called for help on his handheld walkie while I statred attending to the patients. Thankfully the child was uninjured. We c-spine immobilized the woman applied a c-collar and splinted both fratured legs having to use two sticks off the ground to splint one of them cause that was all we had. All of this before the first helped had arrived. The next day I sat in Chief Lasky's class. I was in total awe of him! Everything he said was exactly how I have felt about the fire service for so long. Chief Lasky reaffirmed my faith in the best profession in the world and made me realize that the good Lord had placed my husband and I at that accident the night before. I could feel tears come to my eyes as Chief Lasky's words weighed heavy on my heart! He is an inspiration to us all and has the most wonderful personality! I have a great deal of respect for this man! I am proud that the Lord has called me to be part of the fire service and I am proud of my husband for not only his calling as a firefighter but also for his calling as a Mason. He, too, is an amazing man! Thank you Chief Lasky for telling it like it is and instilling pride in the fire service! You have friends for life in us!!! Marnie and Doug Price, Valdese, NC