It's hard to breath. Sweat stings my eyes until they blur and a bald head does nothing to stem the steady flow. I chose to be here. I live for this moment. My body begs to slow, to rest, to just quit. My heart says no. The family that surrounds me shares in my suffering. Their lungs burn too. Their muscles struggle to obey the message traveling down from the brain. Pain endured begets more pain but there is nowhere else we'd rather be.
"ONE MINUTE!" Moments later my mind computes the…Continue
Added by Brandon Strickland on October 5, 2014 at 12:23am — No Comments
Its your very first day on the job. You walk into the firehouse with a stupid grin while balancing a box of doughnuts in one hand and your PPE in the other. Some old dude with a giant gray mustache barks "What are you doing here, ya jack wagon?" Take a minute; for realz. What called you to the fire service? Maybe the excitement, the lights, the sirens, the danger, just…Continue
I believe in the men and women who make up our clan. Especially those who relentlessly pursued their passion years before most of us ever donned a helmet. They built our brotherhood and the honor belongs to them.
I believe greatness is within us all. Sweat is the only key to it's release and there are no short cuts…Continue
Added by Brandon Strickland on June 29, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments
The fireman I want to be...
He gets to work at least a half hour early because he can't wait for his shift to start. He always offers to take a call for who he relieves, in part so they can get home to their…
Added by Brandon Strickland on April 23, 2014 at 3:24pm — No Comments