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I start off my week with a reflection and random thoughts. We work, we learn, we train, we talk, and we pass on the knowledge, whether it’s in the form of accountability, life lessons, or mastering competences. We make it our goal, mission, duty to pass on the skills, lessons, and knowledge learned to other members. By doing this we can only hope that someday, they too can pass on what they have learned to other new members. Hopefully if we have done our job correctly the cycle continues to repeat itself and will never stop. This weekend, one of my very first mentors of the fire service passed away. I can not even begin to acknowledge how many life lessons I learned, the pride that was taught, or the selfish acts of kindness that were given to me. I can’t help but think of mentors being referred to as dandelions, “the seeds that are produced without pollination, resulting in offspring that are genetically identical to the parent plant”. We all hope someday the seeds (The skills and Knowledge obtained) can be taken by the wind and planted in some other back yard where the process will once again take place. Be safe everyone.

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