He told me that his son had been killed a while ago during a fire call while trying to save an elderly woman. “He shouldn’t have gone in the house.” The big man paused and said, “That’s just who he was. He was a firefighter. It was his life and he loved it. And, that’s what you do. He’s gone now, but his little boy is four years old and having a tough time with it. He’s angry, he doesn’t understand where his dad is.” He went on to tell me that the Carolina Fire Journal had mentioned the fire and his son in the last issue. This proud father was putting together a box for his grandson to have later, so he could understand and know who his father was. He asked for a few extra copies.
There have been many who have paid that ultimate price. You come to work every day because that is who you are. Let there be no doubt, the staff and I are very proud to be your publication and to continue being there for you.
With this issue, we’re 25 years strong and I want to thank you. You may be a first time reader, but chances are you have been reading us for many years. Some of you have 25 years on the job and have never reported for duty without us.
Whether it’s your first issue or your 100th, we say thanks to you, our distinguished readers and dedicated heroes whom we serve. The summer 2010 issue marks our 25th anniversary. Carolina Fire Rescue EMS Journal was founded in 1985 by Knight Communications as a regional alternative to our then national publication, The Fireman’s Journal. We felt then, as we do now, that the Carolinas region has unique needs that should be met. In addition, the Carolinas region is our home.
Though there have been many changes in our 25 years, our focus has remained the same. We are solely committed to understanding the lives and careers of our Carolinas professionals. Our mission is to respond to our readers with the best available training, product information, commentary and insight from our talented team of contributing writers.
Now, when a Carolina’s department or industry professional has a need, we are almost always the first place they look for answers. They have confidence they’ll find the products, training and editorial that will help them and their departments.
For even more immediate information, we have expanded our web presence. If you haven’t visited our site lately, you can check it out at www.carolinafirejournal.com.
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About Knight Communications
At Knight Communications, we provide the information and resources to train and enhance the careers of America’s working heroes, serving our first responders, educators and military. For almost 30 years, Knight’s media brands have been committed to providing these great American heroes with the best available information to advance their professional and personal lives.
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