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Suicide: Join the Conversation

Recently, I have been reading articles on this subject with much uneasiness.

In fact; I hesitate to call suicide a “subject”, because for many; suicide is real and has impacted them. It has reached out and grabbed them in some way. It is someone very close to them, someone they know or someone famous, whose career they have followed.

And, are loved ones LEFT to make “sense…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on December 8, 2014 at 12:44pm — 2 Comments

The Adventures of Jake and Vinnie© - Episode #2

Welcome to Grandview FD, Vinnie Cappaletti

“Son of a *****!” was all that Jake could say.

“Excuse me?” asks Vinnie.

“Didn’t Mommy teach you how to knock?” an irritated Jake asks.

“You don’t have a door on…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on November 16, 2014 at 7:32pm — No Comments

The Adventures of Jake and Vinnie© - Episode #1

Meet Michael Jacob (Jake) O’Melia

 Grandview is a town of twenty-seven thousand, Northeastern coast inhabitants. There are several bustling businesses on both sides of Main Street in the downtown business district.


Of particular interest is Hermie’s General Store. When you walk through the front doors at Hermie’s, you step back in time. The floors are hardwood and…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on November 3, 2014 at 9:06am — 1 Comment

The Adventures of Jake and Vinnie© is Coming Back!

The Adventures of Jake and Vinnie© was conceived in 2004.

It started as an idea while I was writing for the IACOJ. We thought that it would boost membership and readership.

I encouraged the members at the time to submit their biographies to me with the promise of creating a fictional character that I would introduce into the story lines of various episodes.

Interest was high. I had several biographies to choose from and the characters that would populate The…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on October 26, 2014 at 1:55pm — 3 Comments

Bill Town Burn Down

Firefighters who commit arson should receive no mercy from the judge at sentencing nor should they receive mercy from their communities. In fact; I believe firefighter arsonists should receive enhanced sentencing for such an act.

And I will leave…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on May 11, 2014 at 6:11pm — No Comments

I’ve Still Got It; Sort Of!

Sunday started out like most other Sundays.

I got up, went to my Room of Reflection and when I was through reflecting, I flushed and proceeded to wash my hands thoroughly with warm water and soap.…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on April 4, 2014 at 5:01pm — 2 Comments

LODD: A Widow’s Perspective

In March of 2011, I posted Maple City Sorrow on the anniversary of the death of…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on February 9, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Paying For Advocacy


If the fire service is populated with honorable and good people who are dedicated to providing their best efforts in the name of public safety to their communities, then why should we have to pay someone else to advocate on our behalf? Who better than us to advocate for our needs?

An advocate is defined as one who pleads the cause of another; one who defends, vindicates or…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on January 26, 2014 at 7:05pm — 1 Comment

Tales of Betrayals

We have to distrust each other. It is our defense against betrayal. – Tennessee Williams

Much has been written about the motivations of firefighters.

Though there may be different reasons for why some choose to be full-time, while others are paid-on-call or volunteer; all firefighters CHOOSE to serve the public. The frequency of the…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on January 6, 2014 at 7:58pm — 2 Comments

Volunteer; No Experience OR Training Required!

Note: I wasn’t going to post a blog until after FDIC, but then I watched BC Michael Walker’s address on livestream and it really struck a chord. He spoke to the very essence of what it is to call yourself “fireman”, the strong bond between firefighters and what our communities expect when they call us.…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on April 25, 2013 at 9:23am — 7 Comments

Who Fits the Profile?

Are you at your strongest when others may be at their weakest?

Do you study your enemy to find its weaknesses?

Do you practice your fighting skills until you can’t…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on April 19, 2013 at 9:59pm — No Comments

Our Darkest Hours Gives Rise to Brighter Days

God, how I miss the sweet innocence of days gone by.

Take me back to a time when, as kids, young brothers and sisters could walk to the neighborhood grocery store to buy penny candy and drink a 7-ounce bottle of Coca-Cola.…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on April 16, 2013 at 6:39pm — No Comments

Bull’s-eye: Targets of Violence

While doing research for this blog, I came across a couple of very interesting articles that I will provide the links for and I would encourage you to read them and perhaps, pass them along. They were very enlightening and take my thoughts to a wider spectrum when thinking about responses and pre-plans. They can be found at the end of this piece.

With yesterday’s (April 10, 2013) incident in…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on April 11, 2013 at 7:09pm — 1 Comment

Same Old Song and Dance

Another cheating scandal; more missing funds. Will it ever end?

Disclaimer: The links were chosen at random and are not an indictment of the fire departments mentioned. The links are examples of what has been a growing problem in the nation’s fire service.

Firefighter cheaters.…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on April 4, 2013 at 7:39pm — No Comments

Rarified Air

A few days ago on March 27th, we were reminded of the 6th anniversary of the Firegeezer blog. It’s crazy, but I thought they had been around longer than that. It sure seems like it.

When I say “they”; of course I am referring to Bill Schumm and Perfesser Mike Ward. They complement each other very well. Bill is soft-spoken and a student of the history of the fire service and Mike Ward is an academian who can fire off…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on March 29, 2013 at 3:34pm — No Comments

2012 Sucked So I Will Simply Move On

I’m not going to sit here and reflect on a year that was filled with so many disappointments.


I like to think that I am an eternal optimist, but did anyone else notice the negative tone of wherever you looked? It was everywhere.


ONE positive that I noticed is that, firefighter fatalities were down in 2012. Since 2009, firefighter deaths have been well below the “100 per year” threshold. Also noteworthy is that deaths attributed to cardiac issues were also…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on January 13, 2013 at 3:32pm — No Comments

By the Authority Vested in Me…

Has your fire department ever found it necessary to “commandeer” equipment in order to mitigate an incident?

Does your state laws allow in specific circumstances for a representative of the fire department, at the direction and command of a fire department’s ranking officer to take public control of private equipment with legal immunity should that action cause negative reverberations?

Is your fire department willing to go beyond that threshold where it becomes more important…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on November 13, 2012 at 8:41am — No Comments

An Election of a Lifetime

When I was a young man, my dad made certain that I did two things; register for the military draft and register to vote. Dad was a World War II veteran and believed that it was a sacred right to vote in elections. He felt that voting was a very personal right and would never tell me how he voted. However; he spoke very fondly of Harry Truman, so I knew even without asking that he was a Democrat.


What I found odd about that is that Dad worked very hard, would not accept…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on October 31, 2012 at 5:31pm — 1 Comment

We Are But Mere Mortals

I stepped away from blogging back in April. The reason can be summed up in three words: my sister Dixie.

Dixie passed away on June 6th of this year; less than two days after turning 62 years old. She had finally succumbed to a rare, dark and evil disease called Hashimoto’s Syndrome. From what I understand, it is connected to a chemical imbalance between the thyroid and the brain. What I witnessed was an insidious parasite that consumed an otherwise normal, adult female, who…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on August 20, 2012 at 6:57pm — 5 Comments

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