Hunter and ex-girlfriend, Daneille
Chief Ford and our son
Chief Howard, EMT teacher and Hunter
Dad, Hunter and Brian
Brian and Hunter
Chief Ford and Hunter
When we arrived there was a huge storm that blew the power out and it was hot, but soon the power came back on. The training center is out in the country on a many acres. The facility was down a steep slope and a small lake was at the bottom of the slope. Beautifully wooded land filled with different training areas. I must say I was impressed.
Chief showed the parents and families videos of the actual training these men had been through. I think it would be very difficult to go out head first out of a third story building to practice escape on a tiny little rope, but you have to do what you have to do. Saving time also saves lives. They drill over and over to cut down on their time to dress in their gear. Chief is always pushing them to be the best they can be. I am thankful for the dedication of all of their instructors.
The main speaker was a retired fire chief. His witness to these men was incredible. Telling them of the many horrors he had seen during his career. His hands and some of his face showed the ferocity of a dedicated hero. Burned scars and many memories. How sometimes he kept it in, but that was not the best way to deal with death. He talked about the closeness of the men and to always be there for them. It was so very touching. Men can cry and help one another because this is not just any job, but a calling. When you are called to serve people in this capacity you have to share yourself. You have to love people. Thankfully, all these men are full of all of the qualities a fireman needs. What God has started in them he will finish.
May God bless the men and their families.
Most of all I am grateful that Hunter is part of a brotherhood of these men. I pray for all of their safety. Lincoln parrish is one of the largest fire fighting parrishes. Bigger than most cities in Louisiana.
My sister and her son, wife and two kids came to the graduation. Our oldest son and my grandaughter also came. Brian is a major in the Air Force. It was so nice to have all of the family together. Hunter starts his shift on Tuesday. They will continue their studies in several other areas and will take the physical part of the test in August.
We are very proud of Hunter.