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At 2:40pm on September 17, 2008, Brandon Erbe said…
Hey Chief, finished the book, great stuff! It was good to see we are doing some good things our selves but I also got a lot to stick in my pocket for later down the line. I am a huge fan of being out in the community letting the tax payers see what their dept. is doing. Unfortunately not everyone shares this view. If you don't mind I would like to ask you some things off of this page. Here is my email if you have the time. Thanks again. Erbe
At 4:02pm on September 2, 2008, Brandon Erbe said…
Hey Chief, just started reading your book "Pride and Ownership". You are right on with alot of things so far. I'll get back to you when I finish. I may have some questions. Thanks for writing and sharing with the rest of us. Keep up the good work.

Stay safe

At 7:46pm on August 26, 2008, Doug Price said…
Thanks Chief for the add! Hope to talk w/ ya soon.
At 1:35am on August 20, 2008, Rick Sloan said…

Had you up at our dept. in Snohomish here in the great northwest a few months ago... wanna thank you again for taking the time to speak with us. Finally got my butt on Fire Engineering to see what its about.
At 7:30pm on August 16, 2008, Todd Heier said…
Hello Chief
Hope things are going well for you this summer. We are still plugging away at Fishers looking for a chief. It has become a nonstop adventure. Hopefully we are close, round three of interviews are in two weeks. Stay safe.
At 5:23pm on August 12, 2008, Ben Simonds said…
Hey Chief,
Looking forward to seeing you again in the GREAT STATE of ALASKA. Wish you could be here longer. The Great FOOLS of FIre are pumped to have you up here. In fact our department is basically charging nothing for FOOLS members across the state to attend. Have a safe trip up Chief and see you shortly

Ben Simonds
At 9:19pm on August 11, 2008, Todd McKee said…
I knew you were the guy to know the answer to that one!
Thanks Brother!

Todd McKee
At 3:09pm on August 11, 2008, Todd McKee said…
Chief Lasky

It was understanding that our old ladder is in a museum in Lewisville Texas. The ladder came from Danville Ohio, are you involved much with the museum? If so do have any pictures of the ladder that I can share with the guys? Todd
At 4:42pm on August 6, 2008, Tiger Schmittendorf said…
Hi Chief -

Just wanted to let you know that I mentioned your name and your book and DVD in my most recent blog and article:

I hope that's OK. Let me know what you think of the article.

Stay safe. Train often.
At 4:51pm on August 3, 2008, Chad Berg said…

The other day I was evaluating an oral board and when this candidate testing for Captain answered the below question, I thought about how much of an impact you are making on our fire service. At the same time, his answer and priorities were very admirable and I'm glad to know him.

Q: If you had the department checkbook with no limitations, what would you buy and why?

A: I would buy the Pride & Ownership DVD by Chief Lasky, because none of the material/capital items have reason or meaning without the right attitude, appreciation, and love of the job by the person using them. I want to expose all of the members in our department to this idealogy.


Again, he could have purchased anything(in theory) he wanted and he chose your "DVD". It's pretty obvious where this brother's priorities are at. I just wanted to pass this on to you and tell you thanks for the impact Chief.

FYI - That brother was Gino Bellizzi of Engine co. 94 (Snohomish County, WA) who is also a member on this site.
At 11:44am on July 17, 2008, Bruce Green said…
Hey Chief, Just wanted to drop you a line. I attended your seminar last year at Chartiers Township VFD outside Pittsburgh. Love the book. Thanks for being an inspiration.That was you and Ron Kittle in the picture you showed,right?
At 11:37pm on June 13, 2008, Shane Furuta said…
Are you going to be in Baltimore this July for the Expo? Hope to see you there... Thanks again for everything.

Aloha Bro- Shane
At 8:30pm on June 13, 2008, Ron Becknell said…
I just learned you will be speaking at the SC Firefighters' Association Conference. I am hoping to get a chance to meet you there. I am thrilled that the SCFA has finally elevated its conference to the level it is this year, I only hope it continues. Let me also welcome you now to South Carolina.
I also love the Podcasts, my only complaint is there is not enough of them, keep up the good work.
At 8:11pm on June 5, 2008, Mick Fischer said…
I love listening to your podcasts, keep it up. I just bought your book and can't wait to start reading it. I wish some of your ideas would rub off to the leadership in my department. Keep safe!
At 10:05am on June 5, 2008, Barry Aptt said…

Loved the book and will make it required reading for myself every once in awhile. It has alot of great stuff that helps me recharge due to dealing with a Chief my Depatment has had for 26 years andhad trully decimated it. Wish there were more Chiefs like you.
At 7:46pm on May 17, 2008, Rob Bergerson said…
Believe me Chief, I try to keep passion going, 24 hours at a time..Thanks again for making the commute something I look forward to....I take away something everytime and share it with the guys at the station...anytime you are heading south down I-35, feel free to stop in and grab a cup of coffee at our firehouse. Just look us up, Station.5 Waco, TX
At 4:08pm on May 14, 2008, Tom Isbell said…

Thanks for helping me out by talking to somebody on my nextel. They ended up coming to the pride and ownership lecture and enjoyed it.

That kind of thing isnt something that we get a chance to attend very often and we really appreciate you coming to SC
At 9:29am on May 14, 2008, Rob Bergerson said…

I just wanted to say, I've read your book and passed it on to who knows how many people, seen you give your 8 hour speech in Georgetown last year, and still can't get enough of your insight. I do want to tell you that I am a "long-commuter" from Round Rock near Austin, up to Waco and the 1 hour and 10 minute drive I look foarward to because I listen to a podcast of yours on the way to each shift. It gives me a chance to listen, learn, and think about things before the work-day begins. Keep the radio-show's awesome.

Stay safe,

At 4:55pm on May 12, 2008, Mike Payne said…
Chief Lasky, It was good to see you in Greenville S.C. Saturday and attend the class.

Lt. Mike Payne
Wade Hampton F.D.
At 6:43pm on May 6, 2008, Greg Wyant said…
Hey Chief ...Got my Cheif to show the Pride and Ownership CD at the meeting last nite . It opened some eyes. Thanks for all you do. 28yrs and still love the job no plans in giving it up anytime soon. STAY SAFE.

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