I started off by getting involved with the Fireside of things 22 yrs ago
thru a bet with my dad. My "Adopted Dad" was a paid Firefighter with Forest Hills FD in the Pgh Pa Area.
My Grandfather served as a Firefighter and Past Chief of Liberty Boro Fire Dept &
Police Dept. My Mom is a retired Police Officer for Allegheny Co. Pa.
My dad (Rich) is a retired Paid Firefighter & Police Officer for
McKees Rock Pa.
And last but not least, My Great Uncle (Bill Schneider) who trains, breeds & raises German Shepards for SAR in Oregon.
I kind of added a twist to the "Family Tradition" by getting involved with the Ems side of things. My Family wanted me to become a Police Officer though.
As you see "Family Tradition" runs with my family.
A special Thank You to my Family for having such a Proud Tradition and
Backing me 110% for my following of the same Tradition.
My son (David) has now chosen to follow the "Footsteps" of our Proud Family Tradition by becoming a Jr. Firefighter with Forest Hills VFD. I back my son 110% as my family has in the past, to help the Residents of his community when the time is needed. I truely hope & pray my Daughter (Jacquline) follows thru and Gets Involved someday :)
And finally, for a
Close Friend, Mentor & Brother Firefighter/Emt of mine. PeeWee,
who passed away earlier this year. You are truely the BEST Mentor to
I do this certainly not for the money, but for the love of it. I enjoy helping others
when they are in their "Time of Need"
It takes a "Special" type of person to do this type of work, both
Paid & Volunteer.
There have been alot of Friendships bonded thru the Years "Both inside & outside"
of the FIRE/EMS Services with me. There have been times when I was not sure if
I was coming home, due to the Nature of the Call at that time.
I hear Fire Depts getting "Toned Out" for a Possible Structure Fire or a
"Unknown Type Call and I hope & pray Everyone comes Home every time.
I remember one call, A little senior lady was having real severe chest pains, as she
stated "Honey, this is the first time, I have ever Called for an Ambulance in my 82 yrs of
life. You guys are My Angel Crew. Thank You"
It leveled Me for a moment, Then I sat back and thought about what this lady had said before,
And came to realize This 82 yr old lady was right,
"We are all Angels in Disguise" both Paid & Volunteer for what We do.
"Part of the BEST damn crew to run with"