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This is not the toilet. But it is cool.Okay, what started as a skirmish has turned into a full-on battle.  A bunch of the old timers from the FireEMSBlogs network are pulling together to help fellow blogger Chris Kaiser win the bathroom of his dreams.  Now before anyone thinks this is just a frivolous ganging up of fire and EMS bloggers on some guy (who is buying votes from North Korea), there is a real reason to get involved.

Chris says on his blog:

It sounds kinda silly… but I am involved in an online contest where I can win a $7500 bathroom remodel for my bathroom that is well… a barely functional health hazard… It's the only one we've got at our house and it is rapidly becoming nearly impossible to use for my step-son who has special needs and our family of four. We need an accessible, functional, and safe bathroom that all members of our family can use without assistance. It's a bad situation that could be vastly improved with your help.

But to me, this is EXACTLY what I keep telling you all.  We in emergency services, for all our brotherhood talk, need to band together when we see something or someone who needs help within our ranks and THAT is the true power of social media.  While entertainment is nice and it always helps to get some ideas for training, the reality is that we have power of our network.  We have a force in numbers that we can direct to be there for each other.  And if we fail to exercise this power, are we really a brotherhood?

This is a classic reason to bond together, tell all your other fire and EMS buds, and let's get together to help these guys win.  And when he wins, especially in his situation, we all win.  Do the right thing.  Let's show others the real power of this fraternity and lets get Chris the potty of his dreams!  Go get 'em! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000234797285 Omar Turk
  • Ckemtp

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
    I can’t tell you how much my family and I appreciate this. We got into this silly contest thinking that we didn’t stand a snowball’s chance of winning, but knew that the $7500 bathroom remodel would be life changing for our son who might someday be able to use it wholly independently if it were accessible and safe for him. I was planning on piecing it out on my medic pay, like we do for everything else… but it was a bad situation that was only getting worse. This contest offered help and well… the support of everyone has been overwhelming and humbling.
    Thank you for helping spread the word and thank you for everything. I can’t tell you how much we all appreciate it. You’re welcome over to take a porcelain cruize anytime if… no, WHEN we win this thing!

    Thank you!

    Oh, and thank you to Omar for posting the link to our VERY active Facebook group! Through your help we’ve increased up to almost 1500 members and climbing!

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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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Mick Mayers
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Ruth, Thanks for the comment, although like Tom said, you missed my point. What I was saying is that I am honored and impressed that someone who not so long ago would not have been given a chance - for reasons of race and gender- was given those accolades. She is someone I would have…
2014-12-12 11:24:00
Tom Bouthillet
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There are plenty of white males who don't deserve to be firefighters. The most qualified individual should get the job regardless of race or gender. That doesn't always happen for a variety of reasons that don't need to be hashed out here. But way to miss Chief Mayers' point entirely.
2014-12-11 12:08:00
Ruth Phillips
Someone I Would Have Liked To Have Known
I've heard of all of these "substandard candidates brought in to fill a role" taking the jobs from those who truly "desire the job and are willing to embrace the lifestyle of a firefighter." Do you mean people of color and women taking the jobs from the more deserving, uh, white male? I'm baffled as…
2014-12-11 04:21:00
drydiggins
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My best friend once described flying in 'hard' IFR like being inside a giant ping-pong ball... everywhere you look, featureless white. I've appropriated that to describe people who seem to go through life in their own personal ping-pong balls. Apropos of the bumper sticker "I can't see you so don't pretend to be there."
2014-12-09 04:21:00
Mick Mayers
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George, Thanks for reading! Yes, I'll actually do that this week. And I actually downloaded that same meme myself a few days ago- I like it.
2014-12-06 15:25:00

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