Kickoff Fundraiser Raffle for FF Climb 2017

Kickoff Fundraiser Raffle for FF Climb 2017

Last 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…

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Its only time…

Its only time…

I 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”…

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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…

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Then we were three…

Then we were three…

We’re here, we’ve made it to three years and what a crazy ride its been.  If you would have asked me three years or definitely ten years ago if this is was where i was going to be I would have said you’re crazy!  Three years ago I was pressing buttons and setting up the initial pieces for the website as we camped on vacation.  Unfortunately due to flood damage in West Virginia we won’t be stopping through there on…

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Some changes coming…

Some changes coming…

This has been quite the ride so far and while I don’t know where the end could be, I know that the reach of FF4CURES is getting larger by the day!  I’ve watched Brian’s story go from local, to regional, to state and way beyond.  Now don’t get worried, these aren’t changes for the bad or anything like that, simply some things that need to happen up here to really continue the mission to raise awareness, make a difference in…

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Bike Run and Pool Tourney for Cancer

Bike Run and Pool Tourney for Cancer

Bike Run and Pool Tournament for Cancer Foundations Helping Children with Cancer Midway Tap 146 Union Street, Newark, Ohio 43055 Contact: Stella Pegan 740-405-0331 Sunday, July 10, 2016 First bike out at 11am-1pm, bikes in by 5pm.  Each person $10.00, passengers $5.00. 50% to the benefit and the best hand wins! 3 Bar box tables Doubles tournament, Cincinatti Style $20.00 Sign up at Noon and Calcutta 12:30pm Singles tournament $10.00 Sign up at 1:00pm and Calcutta 1:30pm. Valley rules, race…

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Welcome to our newest firefighter

Welcome to our newest firefighter

Brian’s firefighter ceremony at my house the other night went off fabulous and was an absolutely amazing evening for a very special six-year old.  Family, friends, cartoon characters, community members, firefighters from multiple departments, and just people COMING TOGETHER for a cause.  He will no doubt be talking about the event for awhile, but the effect that he had on everyone that night and going forward is where we will see even more impact.  Those that got something from it…

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Department pinning my honoree Brian on June 30

Department pinning my honoree Brian on June 30

What an exciting night coming up at my firehouse. My 2015/2016 Scott Firefighter Stair Climb honoree Brian Ford is holding a special ceremony to make him an honorary firefighter with the Fredericktown Community Fire District! The ceremony will begin at 6:00pm at our main firehouse at 139 Columbus Road in Fredericktown. Now I realize probably 99% of my followers and readers are from abroad, so that makes it hard to attend. Brian would still LOVE for you to be a…

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Plan your training and see the success…not just your fitness, but your firehouse

Plan your training and see the success…not just your fitness, but your firehouse

I’ve struggled for a number of years and thought about posting this topic or a very similar one for quite some time. “Why training plans matter,” is a topic that crosses over from fitness training right over to fire training programs and the importance is almost identical. While I was out in Seattle for my 10th competition in the Scott Firefighter Stair Climb and surrounded by people with a strong desire to excel through planning, I decided it was time…

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VIDEO – Scott Firefighter Stair Climb 2016

VIDEO – Scott Firefighter Stair Climb 2016

Here is the video wrap up from the 25th Annual Scott Firefighter Stair Climb in Seattle, WA.  The event which i talk about throughout the year is a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Most don’t know that after I complete my day in competition that I volunteer through the rest of the day with some amazing photographers to capture and document the event.  Here is a video that I put together from this years climb. CLICK THE VIDEO…

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