It has been a little over a year since my last blog article. I have faced some challenges this past year and I welcome this opportunity to share how I overcame those hurdles. It is in my own personal opinion; that it is from those trials that is when we truly learn who we are. The motto of the fire service is to improvise, adapt and overcome. However, this last year has taught me a new motto: faith, family, friends and the fire service.
When I think about faith, a bible verse comes to mind. “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1 New International Version). In my life, I have experienced some near death incidents and for me, it has always been my faith that has pulled me through those experiences. Sometimes we have to take a leap of faith and this past year has been a giant leap of faith for my family. It is strengthened my understanding of faith, that I which now know God is in control and He has an ultimate plan.
Family means everything to me. This past year, I had to put my career in the fire service on hold in order to take care of an immediate family member. I have sacrificed a great deal in the last ten years to pursue my public safety career. The fire service families reading this blog article can appreciate and understand some of those sacrifices. However, I was not going to sacrifice my family for my dream career position in the fire service.
I received a dream opportunity to work for a department that I first applied for in 2009. It took seven long years for my number to be called and for my dream position in the fire service to come true. Unfortunately, my dream was unable to come true due to some events out of my control. My family is my utmost first priority. I made a vow through my faith to take care of my family first.
I am truly blessed with friendships that I have preserved through my fire service career. The BrotHERhood in the field of public safety is an extended family of some of my best friendships. It is those friendships that have come to assist my family through some very difficult times. I am forever grateful for those genuine friends that have come to assist my family during this last year.
I have a passion for the fire service and for being a humble public servant. It is an absolute honor to be a member of the fire service. The ability to serve the public is a true blessing. I am blessed beyond measure with my friendships in the fire service. Sometimes God has a way of reminding us what our true priorities are in life. My prayer for each of us is that we always keep those priorities in order: Faith, Family, Friends and the Fire Service.