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Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich's Blog – December 2010 Archive (5)

In Search of Bigfoot

Apparently, it has become our mission as grandparents to provide our grandson with the Christmas season’s hottest toy.

Many of you will remember the great Zhu-Zhu shortage of…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on December 29, 2010 at 2:06pm — 9 Comments

Christmas and the Empty Chair

Dedicated with utmost respect to Chicago FD, Firefighters Edward Stringer and Corey Ankum, their families and friends.

It’s Christmas Day and there is an empty chair.

It might be a favorite chair in the family room. It might be the chair at one end of…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on December 25, 2010 at 11:18am — No Comments

The Day the Passion Died

Did you feel that this morning?

Don’t by coy.

The tones dropped and you didn’t make the call. Before the first truck could announce “in service”, you were already fabricating your excuse.

But, we know what’s going on, don’t we?

That adrenaline rush that once propelled us to “firefighter of the year” is only a gooey mess of poor descriptions of what is now poor performance.

There was a time not so long ago that you felt like your little village needed…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on December 19, 2010 at 8:51pm — 9 Comments

Try Fueling Your Trucks With Broken Promises

Is a broken promise nothing more than a lie?

I believe that it is, even when you factor in “intent”.

When you make a promise, it is not your intent to break it, but it has the same end result as a lie when you fail to deliver on a promise.

To the person to whom the promise was made, it feels like a lie. It’s the same feeling of betrayal, isn’t it?

What about the motivation for the promise?

Was there ever the intent of…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on December 13, 2010 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

1999: A December To Remember

Note: Chief Mark Wessel of Keokuk, IA Fire Department is to the left. I am to the right.

December, 1999 delivered a major blow to our brotherhood of firefighters.…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on December 9, 2010 at 6:08am — 3 Comments

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