Today is Amy and my 17th wedding anniversary, I can not believe it is already that. we have certainly had a great marriage even with its downs, there are always the ups. We have a wonderful son ( that I currently want to ship off due to the terrible 14s) and for the most part, a good life. I sure wish we were a lot further toward being comfortable and happier, but I will not complain. I want to tell all of you that have been there for us over the years, THANKS. Both The Rogers and my parents have always been there when we needed something and I don't think that if I had a million dollars that I could repay ether of them back for all they have done to help us threw the years. I could not ask for more.
We, of course, don't have a lot of plans for this year. We are just happy to be together and have the family support we Have.
Yesterday was a day full of Sycamore Fire events. It was a good day. We got or yearly EVOC done in the morning. I then cut the grass and weed eated the grounds for the get together we had last night. We had a great get together with food, fun and fellowship. I wish that more had participated, it was a lot of fun. I sure miss the good days of the department when it was strong and we all helped each other and enjoyed doing the duties of the department. The inner division that has formed over the last few years have taken such a toll on the department, I'm not sure it will ever be the happy, all together department it was. I predict that it will self destruct from the "clicks" that have formed and witch hunting that is always going on. For those of you in the department that might read this. My wish for us, is to all put our egos and personal feelings to the side and realize that we all give what we can give and it does not matter whether you run one call or 100 calls or that one person has a number that is higher than yours. The person in # 30 can sometimes teach the person in #1 something and it takes us all to make the department go. There must be order and a chain of command to ensure that the department meets regulations and runs. But no matter weather you have years of experience or are new, it takes us all to make it go. Open up your minds and realize that we all are a family and if you shut your family off, you will be left alone and miserable. We need to come together and work threw these problems and rebuild the department to the fun filled working place it can be and be the leading department in the county and be the best as we have always been. We now have the equipment that we have worked for years to get and can now come together and do the best jobs ever. Look around on the next call that we run like the wreck on Oldfield road last week end and realize that we look awesome with or togetherness, structure and equipment.Let make it work and come together to make a department that we can all enjoy to be a part of and not dread coming to functions or meetings due not wanting to be around one another and bitching at one another.
I have to go to work now, but will come back and talk some more later.