Browsed by
Month: August 2016

Kickoff Fundraiser Raffle for FF Climb 2017

Kickoff Fundraiser Raffle for FF Climb 2017

2017RAFFLELast year was a huge success for the gun raffle that I conducted to raise funds for the Scott Firefighter Stair Climb, benefitting the L&LS so I brought it back this year.  I couldn’t pass it up.  When I finished the first one I knew that I had the support to do it again and push the efforts to raise money for a cure.  This comes with huge support and assistance from Chris with Brunskill Armory in Mount Vernon to step up again as a local partner!


Same as the last time.  Two guns.  $10 per ticket to get your chance.  300 tickets total.  First ticket drawn gets the choice…last ticket, you get the other firearm.

All State and Federal laws will be followed.

All proceeds from this fundraiser go to hit my fundraising goal for the Scott Firefighter Stair Climb.

For more information, get in contact with me at or 740-627-1664.




  1. Cost of ticket is $10.00
  2. A maximum of 300 tickets will be sold. If less than 175 are sold there will only be one winning ticket drawn for a firearm with the choice of EITHER the Glock 43 OR the Smith and Wesson M&P Sport II Rifle.
  3. Proceeds from the raffle will help fundraise for the Scott Firefighter Stair Climb that benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
  4. All Federal/State firearms laws, paperwork, and background checks apply.
  5. If winner is unable to pass the background check, they forfeit their prize and a new name will be drawn.
  6. If winner is under 21 and their name is pulled for the Glock 43, a gift certificate in the amount of that firearm can be presented in lieu of.
  7. Winner of the raffle will need to stop in or contact Brunskill Armory in Mount Vernon, Ohio at 740-397-9900. Winner is responsible for shipping/transfer fees should they apply.
  8. Date of drawing is January 31, 2017 at 8:00pm
  9. Results will be posted online that evening.


Its only time…

Its only time…

IMG_0338I get asked often about the 9/11 events and climbs throughout the year, but especially September when the schedule is packed. Why? Why is the question.

I guess the answer is, why not? The slogan “never forget” is something that I hold true to and I think anyone in the fire service should strive to find ways to remember. You see, we are already at that time when firefighters are coming into the calling that don’t understand “why” and “what” happened that day and since then. They didn’t see the changes since that point and where we were before then. Its up to us as veteran and senior men and women to educate and teach a little bit of history and implore others to pick up the irons and march forward.

Participating in any one of the many 9/11 climbs and runs either from the Tunnel to Towers foundation or the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is simple. In the case of the NFFF you are literally making a difference in the lives of our own brother firefighters. Sadly given the LODD statistics around the United States, you may be benefitting your own family in the future should they tragically need their services. Funds from the Tunnel to Towers group are benefitting our most catastrophically injured veterans who have served our country and coming home. The organization started by families of those lost on September 11.

IMG_8753How can you not help out, participate, or donate to keep the memories of those alive lost to the worst attack on U.S. soil since Pearl? You don’t have to be the fastest, the fittest, the best looking, the salty firefighter, or the strongest, its about taking a little bit of time. After all, its only time. If it’s a 9/11-memorial climb for the NFFF you literally are not being timed (although I do try to be very picky about my pace) there is no first place for these. NFFF is a memorial climb with plenty of thought, time to reflect, moving moments, and time to build brotherhood. In the case of T2T runs and climbs, yes these are timed, but the important part is getting out there and being a part of something bigger than yourself and letting people see WE WILL NOT FORGET THEM.

Being a part of these events, remember this. There are no planes crashing above you, no fire above, no victims screaming for your help, there are not buildings collapsing, and there is not the potential in the back of your mind that this is your last job. For us participating this is only time, we will go home in a 30 minutes, an hour, maybe a couple hours, we will go home to our loved ones. The pain of climbing, the heat from running will go away. Take the time, remember our fallen, teach our younger generations and carry on their names so that they are never forgotten.

We are only given so much time on this Earth. On your headstone there will be two dates, a beginning and the end with a hyphen in the middle. Make the most of that hyphen.

We’re off to the races!

We’re off to the races!

This week wasn’t just any typical week, but it started the push toward a very busy time.  I’m back out hitting the steps, putting in the reps, and getting the miles in as I prepare for September and a slew of events from there on out.  Climbs, runs, and challenges, the month is full of them and then the push continues from there into 2017.  I’ve updated the page to show a few more of the events that are coming up, but we don’t have all of them in there yet.  So many of the races and climbs haven’t officially announced, but we know that these have been long running ones that will be out there just the same.

While a lot of people are still out there trying to get a little vacation in or get ready for school to start up, I was out there hitting the steps this week.  With over 300 floors in and some solid workout I feel confident that not only am I prepared for a busy September, but getting even more excited about March and the Scott Firefighter Stair Climb.  The last few years I’ve just been finding ways to chip away at the time and I certainly don’t want to disappoint this year!

Also off to the races is fundraising.  Sponsorships have been really popular early, so much that I wanted to get a new jersey out before too long and get these people seen!  As you know my sponsorships go toward my fundraising goals for the Scott Firefighter Stair Climb (benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society).  Well, this year I’m already going to be starting the year out with the money set back.  Look out Elite 25, I’m coming for you and bringing it again.  If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor, please get in touch with me at or 740-627-1664 and I can get the information out to you.  We still have spaces on the jersey that I would LOVE to fill.

Thats the short update for tonight, get out there, get training, and get to making a difference!