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MEET THE MAN

Charles Bailey of Darlington, SC has the title in his agency of Assistant Fire Chief. More importantly, he has earned the title of LEADER which is very hard to do these days.

Charlie has been a ‘hose-dragger’ for 33 years. He has been there for so long that he has his own, monogrammed La-Z-Boy for watching TV with his crew.

 

 

All seriousness aside, Charlie and Danny talked about the gut-wrenching, mind-warping calls they have experienced over the course of their careers. Just as it is for cops, calls involving children are the ones that leave a first-responder needing to puke.

Think of going to a car crash scene where a two-year old is ejected from the vehicle which then rolls over and crushes the kid. Or, think of going into a home where a young child’s head has been caved-in by an adult who beat him to death with a hammer.

A fire fighter and cop might be standing near their vehicles, puking into the grass after dealing with such a scene. But, how do they clear their heads?

Too often, the answer is: they don’t.

Fire fighters too often carry those things around and they build on one another until one day, they explode in the form of an overdose, a divorce or a suicide.

Charlie stresses the need to de-compress. Fact is, he spends much of his work day tending to the guys on his crew – giving them an ear when it’s needed.

How does Charlie relieve his own pressure?  He fishes.  Boy, does he fish! He does it competitively and he wins contests and awards! Most important to Charlie is that fishing gives him a mental outlet.

Charlie shares this important thought:  “For a fireman, an EMT or a cop, the lack of having a healthy mental outlet leads them to doing stupid things.”

It’s sad indeed when one of those stupid things ends at the cemetery.

I now invite you to listen to a few words from a real leader who is guaranteed to make you smile.

 

 

“Above all, it’s about going home at the end of the shift … “

We couldn’t agree more.

 


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