I am not what most people would call superstitious.  If a black cat crosses my path, I don't really care; I carefully walk under ladders not because I believe in some unseen hex but because something may fall on my head.

So on Christmas Eve, of all days, I happened to be at a funeral for the three-year-old child of a brother firefighter.  Between this tragedy and all the other events of this year, it certainly seems as if 2012 has not been very good to many of us.  I was walking along and looked down to see a bright, shiny penny, heads up, on the ground.  I bent down to pick it up.  

Right now, we need all the luck we can get.

We are all seeking answers to our personal questions as to how bad things can happen to good people. We all have our own battles to deal with, in our statuses, our relationships, our beliefs and our values.  The source of the answers can only come from within and it takes some really tough moments of introspection to reflect on the bad and what good may have come from it to understand that there may be lessons for us all in these events.

Don't let it all get to you.  If you need a friend, find a friend.  Reach out to others. Take part in your community and give back to those who need help.  Challenge yourself.  But in the words of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam:

The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,

Moves on: nor all thy piety or wit,

Shall lure it back to cancel half a line,

Nor all thy tears wash out a word of it.

We can't change the past, but we can learn from it.  Have a better year in 2013 and look forward, looking back only to understand where we are today came from the things that happened to us yesterday. Instead of dwelling on it, move forward from it.

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Michael "Mick" Mayers

Deputy Fire Chief - Operations Division for Hilton Head Island (SC) Fire Rescue and an Emergency Response Coordinator with the United States Department of Health and Human Services  National Disaster Medical System Incident Response Coordination Team.
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Colin Fanning
The Roto-Ray: Beauty or Beast?
One of the most important facts we reviewed when deciding on the roto ray purchase was this; With the speeds of traffic on SC 278, by the time people heard the sirens on our fire trucks our light bars (on top of the roof) were out of sight. The roto ray, with its mounted location…
2014-07-25 15:07:00
Mick Mayers
Questioning Heroism
Thanks, Bryan! I genuinely believe I do and they tend to reward me with professionalism, innovation, and compassion to our citizens daily. That's something I am happy to facilitate.
2014-07-15 04:10:00
Bryan G. Riebe
Questioning Heroism
Chief, appreciated in your response to Geoff that you work for the FFs. Believe if more Chiefs lived that philosophy our fire services would be bastions of honor, ethics, and human potential.
2014-07-15 00:05:00
Christopher Roy
Questioning Heroism
Geoff, EMS, as its own service, does not have a strong voice and in turn, does not get the respect in the media/public that it does deserve. I do hope that changes. EMS doesn't have a home either, and that doesn't help. There are so many different delivery methods in this country that its probably…
2014-07-14 23:49:00
Mick Mayers
Questioning Heroism
I'm sorry you feel that way, Geoff. The department I work with has been doing EMS (advanced care AND transport) with cross-trained personnel for over twenty years and doing a pretty good job. Our community expects a certain level of service that we have been able to provide through that model and while not every…
2014-07-14 22:01:00

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