by Ross Beckley One of the darker and more difficult days I have had to endure in my career was attending “Shadowland”. Located in the middle of an industrial area in the heart of a major city, surrounded by a high security fence, the building is an older style warehouse with no signage. It appears … Continue reading Shadowland
Reverend D. Dean Young Senior Chaplain and President Pinellas Chaplains’ Association Inc The day had been a pleasant one, I had spent it with my family preparing for Christmas festivities. I was holding my youngest son when the alert went off. It said: Signal 7, PD/EMS Involvement, veh vs mc, engulfed in flames. The location was … Continue reading Living Someone Else’s Worst Day
by an Anonymous Dispatcher At one time or another, anyone who has worked in Emergency Services for more than a few months will get asked, what was your worst call? This is a question we hate after being asked the first time. How do you quantify and qualify "the worst?" Does "the worst" have specific … Continue reading What Was Your Worst Call?
by Rev Kevin Coughlin, PhD When I was a younger man, I took an oath to protect and serve my fellows. I wore a shiny badge on my chest, a bullet-proof vest, and carried a powerful weapon. At academy, I was at the top of my class, a squad leader, and an expert shot. I … Continue reading They Called Us Heroes
by Rick Workman I post this in honor of those members of fire/rescue/EMS/law enforcement who have gone to their rest. I have been in the position to say goodbye to some of my "Heroes" and mentors, and it's a hard place to stand. I thank you all for what I received from each of you. … Continue reading HEROES