Monthly Archives: May, 2014

Memorial Day 2014


Good Morning.  I want to take this time to thank all Veterans for your service to our country.  Thank you for making freedom possible to all Americans.  There is an honor, just to be able to serve our community in the fire service.  I have a feeling, it’s the most of the honors, to have served our Country in the military to some capacity.  Again my humble thank you for serving.  Thank you, to all who gave their lives, for our Country, and for their families that remain, on this Memorial Day.

I got on the web site of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, just to get a bit of history about Memorial day.  According to the site, Three years after the Civil War ended on May 5th 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans established “Decoration Day,” as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.  The date was later changed to May 30th because possibly a later spring day would allow the flowers to be in full bloom.  The first large observance was held at Arlington National Cemetery across the Potomac River from Washington D.C.

Today  cities in the North and the South claim to be the birthplace of Memorial day.  Macon and Columbus Ga. as well as Richmond Va. to name a few.  The official birthplace was declared in 1966.  Congress and President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, N.Y. the “birthplace of Memorial Day.”  It wasn’t to after W.W.I that Memorial day was expanded to all those who have died in all American wars.  In 1971 Memorial Day was declared a National Holiday in was placed on the last Monday in May.

application : Thinking about Memorial day, brings to mind my former neighbor, who has gone on to be with the Lord, Mr. Sanford.  I use to mow Mr. Sanford’s yard and we would  aways sit and talk on his back porch after the work was done.  I remember one day in particular, He mentioned his grandfather to me.  He said “I remember when i was just a boy my grandfather would take me  to Stones River battlefield to a Civil War Veterans Reunion.”  “Veterans from the Union and the Confederate army would met and remonence.”  “I can tell you, I’ll never forget, the  men weeping at that event as they hugged one another.”  That day was special to me, because it connected me to someone who knew someone who was in the Civil War.  I’ll never forget Mr. Sanford, and his testimony that day on his back porch. Mr. Sanford since then, has gone onto be with the Lord.  Thank you, to the late, Mr. Sanford, for sharing.

Here in Murfreesboro “The Healing Field,” a field of American Flags wave proudly in air, as loved ones of the departed can purchase flags in their honor and is raised along with hundreds of others in remembrance of their service to our country.  Several years ago I purchased one, in remembrance of my father who was in the Army National guard.  A short history of his service, was written on a card and was secured to the flag pole for all to read.  At the flag site you can canvas the field and read other card and see Photo’s attached to the flag representing their service.  It is a very humbling place to attend.  I encourage all to visit the “Healing Field,” at 3045 Memorial Blvd next to Family Worship Center, across from Wilson Bank and Trust.  For more info search .  After the conclusion of the event the flag that i had purchased was mailed to my home for me to keep.  The Healing Field is sponsored by the Noon Exchange Club.

May God Bless you and your family, and May God Bless America, on this Memorial Day 2014.











Flowing Hydrants


Yep, its that time of year again, when cap gauges, lubricant, diffusers, along with a hydrant wrench are snuggly tucked into a 5 gallon bucket, and carried around from street to street in our districts.  Man, it seems like it comes sooner every year.  My dad use to tell me “the older that you get the faster the years will go by,” and man, was he ever so right.  I guess its a good thing to know, if we have enough water  available, to the hydrants, to hook the truck when needed.  For all non fireman reading this narrative, we take a static reading, which means opening the hydrant with a wrench, leaving all caps on, except for a cap gauge which reads the pressure available, we mark it as a static reading.  Then we take the cap off adjacent to the cap gauge, then open the hydrant and allow the hydrant to be opened all the way, which water flows.  We take a residual reading, and document it on a sheet of paper.  We take the two readings Static and Residual or (flow)pressure and calculate the available water the hydrant can produce.  The hydrants are color coded Red, orange, green, and blue, to identify how much water is available in a particular hydrant.  For example a red top hydrant will have O to 499 gallons available, a blue top is the best, it has the capability of producing 1500 to 2000 gallons of water that’s available.   The color of the hydrant in our jurisdiction is important to know.

Its important to know the source, and how much is available to us.  If you have a “red top hydrant” 25 feet from the house on fire and  100 feet away is a “blue top” hydrant, im gonna tap into the blue top because it has the potential to give me the available water at a much more greater rate.   So, its good to know where are resources are at.  Its good to know where hydrant locations are at, just in case we need them on any given shift.  Its so important, that we have maps on our walls and in our computer’s that have hydrant locations on them to give us an idea, which one we may hook to, in case of a fire.

Application – We have a mighty source, in time of emergency, His name is Jesus.  He is available to us!  How do we receive the most out of Jesus, you might ask?  Its when we seek him and learn from his word, the principles of life.  I would rather hook up to the best available, closest hydrant, say a “Blue Top,” than settling for the next one, which could be a “red top hydrant.”  Psalms 9 v 9 & 10 “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.  (10)those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.”  If we seek Jesus as our best available resource, we will gain much in this life.  Jesus will give us as much of what he has available, if we just will give him every available part of our lives.  We need to be “ALL IN” when it comes to the Lord.  If we as firefighters respond to a fully involved house  fire and have a “blue top,” hydrant next to us, but refuse to hook to it, we are going to run out of water on the truck.  Usually we have 500 gallons of available water on the truck, with two, 1 3/4 lines flowing 100 gallons a minute thru each line, the water tank on the truck will be empty in about 2 and a half minutes.  When we hook to the source, a blue top, we are going to have an abundant available source of water, to extinguish most house fires.  We have a powerful source next to us, that is available in our time of need.  Why don’t you hook up, with the best source, Jesus.  You will be blessed for it.

Psalms 1 v 1-3

Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.                                           Have a Great Day!!!                        

“Happy Mothers Day” – Proverbs 31

Hymn to a Good Wife

10-31 A good woman is hard to find,
    and worth far more than diamonds.
Her husband trusts her without reserve,
    and never has reason to regret it.
Never spiteful, she treats him generously
    all her life long.
She shops around for the best yarns and cottons,
    and enjoys knitting and sewing.
She’s like a trading ship that sails to faraway places
    and brings back exotic surprises.
She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast
    for her family and organizing her day.
She looks over a field and buys it,
    then, with money she’s put aside, plants a garden.
First thing in the morning, she dresses for work,
    rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.
She senses the worth of her work,
    is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.
She’s skilled in the crafts of home and hearth,
    diligent in homemaking.
She’s quick to assist anyone in need,
    reaches out to help the poor.
She doesn’t worry about her family when it snows;
    their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear.
She makes her own clothing,
    and dresses in colorful linens and silks.
Her husband is greatly respected
    when he deliberates with the city fathers.
She designs gowns and sells them,
    brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops.
Her clothes are well-made and elegant,
    and she always faces tomorrow with a smile.
When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say,
    and she always says it kindly.
She keeps an eye on everyone in her household,
    and keeps them all busy and productive.
Her children respect and bless her;
    her husband joins in with words of praise:
“Many women have done wonderful things,
    but you’ve outclassed them all!”
Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades.
    The woman to be admired and praised
    is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God.
Give her everything she deserves!
    Festoon her life with praises!  –

(The Message Bible – Proverbs 31 v 10 – 31)