Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Limerick Of The Day

A Fire Prevention officer named Lee
Gave fire inspections for free

He wrote up the form

As was usually the norm
As usual the clients didn’t agree

Philadelphia Firefighter Collapses at Scene

Philadelphia Firefighter Collapses at Scene - Firehouse.com In The Line Of Duty:

"Philadelphia Firefighter Collapses at Scene"

Funeral arrangements have been set for Saturday for a Philiadelphia firefighter who collapsed at a fire scene last week.

Firefighter Tracy Champion, 49, was treated at the scene by medics, and rushed to Lankenau Hospital where he was pronounced dead."

Please click on link above for more info

Flash: 14 HazMat Team Members in Hospital

This just in: 14 members of the HazMat team have been admitted to the local hospital due to injuries suffered from a major chemical incident on Friday.

"We were just following our usual practice of "dress down Fridays". We had no idea that dealing with chlorine would bother us wearing our shorts and T-Shirts", stated the team leader.

Recent inquiries state that team leaders are currently on their way to Lansing, MI for further training on the hazards of not realizing the subtleties of "dress down Fridays" and the dangers therein.

(This is fiction; not fact... don't go calling the hospital looking for these people...for Goodness sakes!!!)

Monday, January 30, 2006

Little Smart People

These have to be original and genuine - no adult is this creative!!

JACK (age 3) was watching his Mom breast-feeding his new baby sister. After a while he asked: "Mom why have you got two? Is one for hot and one for cold milk?"

MELANIE (age 5) asked her Granny how old she was. Granny replied she was so old she didn't remember any more. Melanie said, "If you don't remember you must look in the back of your panties. Mine say five t o six"

STEVEN (age 3) hugged and kissed his Mom goodnight. "I love you so much that when you die I'm going to bury you outside my bedroom window."

BRITTANY (age 4) had an earache and wanted a painkiller She tried in vain to take the lid off the bottle. Seeing her frustration, her Mom explained it was a childproof cap and she'd have to open it for her. Eyes wide with wonder, the little girl asked: "How does it know it's me?

SUSAN (age 4) was drinking juice when she got the hiccups. "Please don't give me this juice again," she said, "It makes my teeth cough." D I (age 4) stepped onto the bathroom scale and asked: "How much do I cost?"

MARC (age 4) was engrossed in a young couple that were hugging and kissing in a restaurant. Without taking his eyes off them, he asked his dad: "Why is he whispering in her mouth?"

CLINTON (age 5) was in his bedroom looking worried. When his Mom asked what was troubling him, he replied, "I don't know what'll happen with this bed when I get married. How will my wife fit in?"

JAMES (age 4) was listening to a Bible story. His dad read: "The man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out of the city but his wife looked back and was turned to salt." Concerned, James asked: "What happened to the flea?"

TAMMY (age 4) was with her mother when they met an elderly, rather wrinkled woman her Mom knew. Tammy looked at her for awhile and then asked, "Why doesn't your skin fit your face?"

The Sermon I think this Mom will never forget.... this particular Sunday sermon..."Dear Lord," the minister began, with arms extended toward heaven and a rapturous look on his upturned face. "Without you, we are but dust." He would have continued but at that moment my very obedient daughter (who was listening!) Leaned over to me and asked quite audibly in her shrill little girl voice, "Mom, what is butt dust?"

Mike Anderson Opens Hair Salon

Mike Anderson, retired Windsor firefighter, has developed a new line of business. His new coiffure shop, The Bald Eagle, has opened its doors in the trendy downtown area. Mike is offering a new service and guarantees that he can rejuvenate hair follicles and re grow hair. To accomplish this Mike had to volunteer for the procedure himself. When asked about the process mike stated, “It hurt like hell, I don’t mind saying! But I’m a tough old guy and could handle it.”

When asked when he thought of the new technique, Mike gives all the credit to his old friend, Claude “Stump” Boisvert. “It was great”, Mike chimed, as he thought back of fond memories. “Claude was looking at my head one day at the beach and said, ‘Hey, Mike, if I were you I sure as hell would get that thing covered up! You can get sunstroke or worse yet, get mistaken for an ostrich egg.’ I thought at the time, he’s right! So, I decided rather than wear a hat all the time or use suntan lotion with a rating of 52 that I’d think outside the box.

When asked how he came up with the idea for operating a hair salon, Mike said, I’ve always thought of myself as a people person and my naturally cheery attitude would do well in this kind of business. Besides if I came up with something unique like re growing hair it would be a win win situation.

Mike describes his new fashion statement as Rastafarian with a twist.

"I find myself going around saying things like, ‘Hey Mon... You want to buy some Jamaican rum at wholesale’ and funny things like that. I just love the new me",
Mike gushed.

When last seen Mike was practicing tossing his hair back over his left shoulder like the models do on the runways and was contemplating plastic surgery for cheek implants. This reporter is not sure which cheeks Mike was considering.


Re Issue -The Snowman Relief Fund

Regarding the post dated January 25 (Nation's Snowmen March Against Global Warming...) Please look around.. Due to global warming most of the snowmen that were here on the 25th have melted from our presence. To date I have NOT received any funds in order to help these victims. I have knowledge that a few are still suffering in the northern areas of Ontario. Please.. Please forward funds now to ME.. jlodge4@cogeco.ca before it's too late. Only YOU can help NOW! Because of the sheer magnitude of this problem it is only fair that donations begin at $25.00. This is because of the near panic state that the snowmen and snow women are experiencing.
We have booked a week long seminar in Hawaii that deals with Snowmen Recovery. The name of the seminar is FROST (Free Rights Of Snowmen Today) The staff in Hawaii are fully trained to assist us in this matter and we trust them exclusively with the funds that you will be providing in our trust. The Hyatt Regency has even generously donatated our room and dining for the course. Love and Humanity are still apparent when others are in need. In the event that we have to stay in Hawaii longer due to extended training sessions please be aware that administrative fees may be necessary. Please be certain that your donation will cover these costs also.
We appreciate your funding and your concern for the few Snow people that remain and are slowly melting away. Help us help them. Just do it!

Limerick Of The Day

There once was a firefighter named Phil
Who decided to take a nuclear pill
They found his head
In a Las Vegas bed
And his butt on a tree in Brazil

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Take Time To Comment

In case you're not aware of it, you can make comments on each post if you wish. Notice the little clip of Mongo here and you'll see a blue circle around the word "comments". Click on that and another screen will pop up where you can make your comments known. Please attempt to use your real name and not an anonymous one. This is your Blog also so enjoy yourselves and leave a few comments here and there.



Saturday, January 28, 2006

Limerick Of The Day

There once was a fellow Paul Bobbie
Who had a peculiar hobby
He laid down for a nap
Put his head under his cap
And missed a run to a hotel lobby

Mongo Baby Picture

A baby picture of Mongo has been discovered by this reporter. Taken in the province of Uganda around 1960 we see little Mongo resting on his mother's hairy bosom. It is evident that even at that tender age that Mongo was destined for stardom. Say "cheese", Mongo.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Limerick Of The Day

There once was a chief named Tim
Who tried to desperately become slim

He started to run
Decided it wasn’t fun

Now Tim still isn’t so trim

Nation's Snowmen March Against Global Warming | The Onion - America's Finest News Source

Nation's Snowmen March Against Global Warming | The Onion - America's Finest News Source: "Nation's Snowmen March Against Global Warming

January 25, 2006 | Issue 42•04

WASHINGTON, DC—Braving balmy temperatures and sunny skies, millions of scarfless snowmen and snowwomen gathered in cities across the world Tuesday to raise public awareness about the heavy toll global warming is taking on their health and well-being."

Hey, I'm serious about this article. We all are aware of the process of heat and how unhealthy it is for all of us. I never once thought of these poor individuals and the consequences of heat and the drastic results that it leaves them in. Please send a donation to help these poor wretched souls before they become extinct. What a shame not to have them around at Christmas time. All we would be left with is our memories and a lot of slushy water that would match our tears. Please send $$$'s now to ME at jlodge4@cogeco.ca!!! I have Paypal so these people will receive the funds in a timely fashion right after we return from a research junta at a warm place down south. Show you CARE... SEND MONEY NOW!

To learn more please click on the link above. Hurry before it is too late for our little frozen friends!

Antler Boy

This reporter has just discovered a long lost photo of Gary Heikkinen. The heirloom was delivered to me by his wonderful son, Mike aka Rudy Jr.
When asked the question what happened to the antlers? Mike replied, "We don't really talk about it around the house that much. It kind of upsets the old man. Whenever the cosmetic surgery is mentioned he kinda paws at the ground and breathes hard through his nostrils. Wow... do they ever flare when he gets upset. We have to be extra careful around Christmas because all the attention to Rudolph and the sleigh business gets to him too. He downs Rolaids by the bucket"
Rudy Jr. confided that his dad has started a strange habit lately.
Rudy Jr. stated, "Dad started growing these "nubs" on his forehead lately. We find him at the strangest hours outside rubbing his head against the bark on the cedar trees trying to get rid of them."

New York Firefighter Dies In Firehouse - Firehouse.com In The Line Of Duty

New York Firefighter Dies In Firehouse - Firehouse.com In The Line Of Duty:

"The Office of Fire Prevention and Control has reported that a 33 year veteran of the Spring Valley Fire Department died unexpectedly at the firehouse on January 22."

Click on above link learn more

Laws Of The World

  • When one wishes to unlock a door but has only one hand free, the keys are in the opposite pocket. (Von Fumbles Law)

  • A door will snap shut only when you have left the keys inside. (Yale Law of Destiny)

  • When one's hands are covered with oil, grease, or glue, your nose will start to itch. (Law of Ichiban)

  • Your insurance will cover everything but what has happened. (Insurance So Sorry Law)

  • When things seem to be going well, you've probably forgotten to do something. (Cheney's Second Corollary)

  • When things seem easy to do, it's because you haven't followed all the instructions. (Destiny Awaits Law)

  • If you keep your cool when everyone else is losing his, it's probably because you have not realized the seriousness of the problem. (Law of Gravitas)

  • Most problems are not created or solved; they only change appearances. (Einstein's Law of Persistence)

  • You will run to answer the telephone just as the party hangs up on you. (Principle of Dingaling)

  • Whenever you connect with the Internet, the call you've been waiting for all day will arrive. (Principle of Bellsouth)

  • If there are only two programs on TV that are worth your time, they will always be at the same time. (Law of Wasteland)

  • The cost is always higher than one budgets for, and it is exactly 3.14 times higher, hence the importance of pi. (Law of Pi Eyed)

  • The probability that one will spill food on one's clothes is directly proportional to the need to be clean. (Law of Campbell Scoop)

  • Each and every body submerged in a bathtub will cause the phone to ring. (Law of Yes Now)

  • Each and every body sitting on a commode will cause the doorbell to ring. (Law of Ding Dong)

  • Wind velocity will increase proportionally to the cost of one's hairdo. (The Don King Principle)

  • After discarding something not used for years, you will need it one week later. (Law of Fatal Irreversibility)

  • Arriving early for an appointment will cause the receptionist to be absent, and if one arrives late, everyone else has arrived before you. (Law of Delay)

Do not take life too seriously, because in the end, you won't come out alive anyway. (Theory of Absolute Certainty)

Thanks to 2/3 for his contribution : )

Hungry Monkey

Thanks to Bob Thornton for this one : )

Guy walks into a bar with his pet monkey. He orders a drink and while he's drinking, the monkey jumps all around the place.The monkey grabs some olives off the bar and eats them, then grabs some sliced limes and eats them, then jumps onto the pool table, grabs one of the billiard balls, sticks it in his mouth, and to everyone's amazement, somehow he swallows it whole.

The bartender screams at the guy, "Did you see what your monkey just did?" The guy says "No, what?"

"He just ate the cue ball off my pool table-whole!"

"Yeah, that doesn't surprise me," replied the guy, "he eats everything in sight, the little pig. Sorry. I'll pay for the cue ball and stuff."

He finishes his drink, pays his bill, pays for thestuff the monkey ate, then leaves.

Two weeks later he's in the bar again, and has his monkey with him. He orders a drink and the monkey starts running around the bar again. While the man is finishing his drink, the monkey finds a maraschino cherry on the bar. He grabs it, sticks it up his butt, pulls it out, and eats it. Then the monkey finds a peanut, andagain sticks it up his butt, pulls it out, and eats it.

The bartender is disgusted. "Did you see what your monkey did now?" He asks. "No, what?" replies the guy."Well, he stuck a maraschino cherry and a peanut up his butt, pulled it out, and ate it!" said the bartender.

“Yeah, that doesn't surprise me," replied the guy. "He still eats everything in sight, but ever since he had to pass that cue ball, he measures everything first."

Thursday, January 26, 2006


Question: If you could live forever, would you and why? Answer: "I would not live forever, because we should not live forever, because if we were supposed to live forever, then we would live forever, but we cannot live forever, which is why I would not live forever," -Miss Alabama in the 1994 Miss USA contest.
"Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can't help but cry. I mean I'd love to be skinny like that, but not with all those flies and death and stuff." --Mariah Carey

"Smoking kills. If you're killed, you've lost a very important part of your life," --Brooke Shields, during an interview to become Spokesperson for federal anti-smoking campaign.

"I've never had major knee surgery on any other part of my body," --Winston Bennett, University of Kentucky basketball forward.

"Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country," --Mayor Marion Barry, Washington, DC.

"I'm not going to have some reporters pawing through our papers. We are the president." --Hillary Clinton commenti ng on the release of subpoenaed documents.

"That lowdown scoundrel deserves to be kicked to death by a jackass, and I'm just the one to do it," --A congressional candidate in Texas.

"Half this game is ninety percent mental." -Philadelphia Phillies manager, Danny Ozark

"It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it." -Al Gore, Vice President

"I love California. I practically grew up in Phoenix." --Dan Quayle

"We've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?" -Lee Iacocca

"The word "genius" isn't applicable in football. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein." --Joe Theisman, NFL football quarterback &sports analyst
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"We don't necessarily discriminate. We simply exclude certain types of people." -Colonel Gerald Wellman, ROTC Instrutor.

"If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure."-Bill Clinton, President

"We are ready for an unforeseen event that may or may not occur." --Al Gore, VP

"Traditionally, most of Australia's imports come from overseas." --Keppel Enderbery
"Your food stamps will be stopped effective March 1992 because we received notice that you passed away. May God bless you. You may reapply if there is a change in your circumstances." --Department of Social Services, Greenville, South Carolina

"If somebody has a bad heart, they can plug this jack in at night as they go to bed and it will monitor their heart throughout the night. And the next morning, when they wake up dead, there'll be a record." --Mark S. Fowler, FCC Chairman
Feeling smarter yet?

Ring Ring

(Ring Ring)

“Is this Chief Tapak”?
“I think so, can I help you”?
“Yes, this is the city administrator for Kapuscasing”
“I see.”
“I notice you haven’t worked for us yet. Would you be interested in taking on the role of Chief for our village”?
“Mmmm… Im not sure… how much does it pay”?
“What does it matter”?
“Im just curious, that’s all”
“From what we’ve heard you’ll work for anything… even food”
“Well… it is hard to keep up my life style while on pension.”
“I understand completely. So, would you be interested”?
“Ya, I think so. I’m getting tired of working for La Salle.. ummm…no wait, I haven’t worked there yet. Let me think… Amherstburg.. ya, that’s it… no wait… that’s wrong too… Aha… Belle River… yepper, that’s where I currently work.. I think.”
“Well, I believe your right, Chief.. I called the Belle River Fire Department but they told me you had a couple of days off and were quite concerned that you might be out there pounding the sidewalks looking for work”
“Naww… that’s just a rumour (loud voice in background… “Bob, there’s someone at the door… I think they want you to work for them somewhere. The man is wearing a uniform)
“Shhhh… quiet, Mary Ellen! Well, it sounds pretty good so far. I’ll call you back”
“Sounds good, Chief… talk to you soon”
“That would be great… by the way… how many stripes will I be getting on my new uniform”?
“I believe 5 is the going rate.”
“Welllllllll…. Can you bump it up to 6? I think I deserve 6 stripes by now after all my experience”
“(Sigh) Of course, Chief… bye for now”
“See ya… HEY, Mary Ellen.. pack up…were moving!!!”

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

All Retired Now

Ok... here's a test for you "older" types.
Who are these hockey wannabees?

(To see a larger view click on the photo)

Remember When?

  • We didn'’t have microwaves and had to put our dinners in the oven after a run?

  • The Red Ass had to make sure the kettle was full before going to bed? We didn'’t use coffee makers.

  • The old hose tower at #2? Someone had to climb the stairs to the top floor to hang the hose.

  • Everybody had a nickname. Gary Glitter, Expressway, Oil Can, Taz : )

  • You had to tie the gun down on the ladders with two belts? How safe was that really?

  • Tillering

  • Bangor Ladder training.

  • Helping the senior citizens out of the Handi-Transit busses next to #7 station

  • Those stupid chain letters where you had to buy booze and send it to seven people on your list

That'’s only a few of the things I remember. Please feel free to comment and add the things that you remember. Have fun.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

About 1961 O'Keefe's Brewery

L to R Bob Montague , Jack Leopold , Ted Thurston , Bill Tape, Jim Berthiaume & Joe Bednarik on the nozzle.

Thanks to Jim Berthiaume for supplying the pic. If any of you out there have photos of your careers you can email them to me and I'll publish them on this site for others to enjoy. If you want I can even drop by your place and borrow them for a couple of days, scan them and return them to you.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Illinois Firefighter Dies After Blaze - Firehouse.com In The Line Of Duty

Illinois Firefighter Dies After Blaze - Firehouse.com In The Line Of Duty:

"ATLANTA - An Atlanta volunteer firefighter died early Saturday morning after complaining of not feeling well while fighting a fire. Roger W. Armstrong, 42, of Atlanta was pronounced dead at BroMenn Regional Medical Center at 1:35 a.m. Saturday, a press release from McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling said."

To learn more please click on link above

The Story Of Taps

The Story Behind

We have all heard the haunting song, "Taps." It's the song that gives us that lump in our throats and usually creates tears in our eyes. But, do you know the story behind the song?

Reportedly, it all began in 1862 during the Civil War, when Union Army Captain Robert Ellicombe was with his men near Harrison's Landing in Virginia. The Confederate Army was on the other side of the narrow strip of land.

During the night, Captain Ellicombe heard the moans of a soldier who lay severely wounded on the field. Not knowing if it was a Union or Confederate soldier, the Captain decided to risk his life and bring the stricken man back for medical attention.

Crawling on his stomach through the gunfire, the Captain reached the stricken soldier and began pulling him toward his encampment. When the Captain finally reached his own lines, he discovered it was actually a Confederate soldier, but the soldier was dead. The Captain lit a lantern and suddenly caught his breath and went numb with shock. In the dim light, he saw the face of the soldier. It was his own son.
The boy had been studying music in the south when the war broke out. Without telling his father, the boy enlisted in the Confederate Army.

The following morning, heartbroken, the father asked permission of his superiors to give his son a full military burial despite his enemy status.

His request was only partially granted. The Captain had asked if he could have a group of Army band members play a funeral dirge for his son at the funeral.
The request was turned down since the soldier was a Confederate. But, out of respect for the father, they did say they could give him one musician.

The Captain chose a bugler. He asked the bugler to play a series of musical notes he had found on a piece of paper in the pocket of the dead youth's uniform. This wish was granted. The haunting melody, we now know as "Taps" used at military funerals, was born.

Day is done
Gone the sun
From the Lakes
From the hills
From the sky.
All is well,
safely rest.
God is nigh.

Fading light
Dims the sight
And a star
Gems the sky,
Gleaming bright
From afar,
Drawing nigh,
Falls the night.

Thanks and praise,
For our days,
Neath the sun,
Neath the stars,
Neath the sky,
As we go,
This we know,
God is nigh.

I too, have felt the chills while listening to "Taps" but I had never seen all the words to the song until now. I didn't even know there was more than one verse. I also never knew the story behind the song and I didn't know if you had either, so I thought I'd pass it along.

I Wish You Could See

I "borrowed" this from www.windsorfire.com and thought it was very poignant...

I Wish You Could See

I wish you could see the sadness of a business man as his livelihood goes up in flames, or that family returning home, only to find their house and belongings damaged or lost for good.

I wish you could know what it is like to search a burning bedroom for trapped children, flames rolling above your head, your palms and knees burning as you crawl, the floor sagging under your weight as the kitchen below you burns.

I wish you could comprehend a wife's horror at 3 a.m. as I check her husband of 40 years for a pulse and find none. I start CPR anyway, hoping to bring him back, knowing intuitively it is too late. But wanting his wife and family to know everything possible was done to try to save his life.

I wish you knew the unique smell of burning insulation, the taste of soot-filled mucus, the feeling of intense heat through your turnout gear, the sound of flames crackling, the eeriness of being able to see absolutely nothing in dense smoke-sensations that I've become too familiar with.

I wish you could understand how it feels to go to work in the morning after having spent most of the night, hot and soaking wet at a multiple alarm fire.

I wish you could read my mind as I respond to a building fire "Is this a false alarm or a working fire? How is the building constructed? What hazards await me? Is anyone trapped?" Or to an EMS call, "What is wrong with the patient? Is it minor or life-threatening? Is the caller really in distress or is he waiting for us with a 2x4 or a gun?"

I wish you could be in the emergency room as a doctor pronounces dead the beautiful five-year old girl that I have been trying to save during the past 25 minutes. Who will never go on her first date or say the words, "I love you Mommy" again.

I wish you could know the frustration I feel in the cab of the engine, the driver with his foot pressing down hard on the pedal, my arm tugging again and again at the air horn chain, as you fail to yield the right-of-way at an intersection or in traffic. When you need us however, your first comment upon our arrival will be, "It took you forever to get here!"

I wish you could know my thoughts as I help extricate a girl of teenage years from the remains of her automobile. "What if this was my sister, my girlfriend or a friend? What were her parents’ reaction going to be when they opened the door to find a police officer with hat in hand?"

I wish you could know how it feels to walk in the back door and greet my parents and family, not having the heart to tell them that I nearly did not come back from the last call.

I wish you could feel the hurt as people verbally, and sometimes physically, abuse us or belittle what I do, or as they express their attitudes of "It will never happen to me."

I wish you could realize the physical, emotional and mental drain or missed meals, lost sleep and forgone social activities, in addition to all the tragedy my eyes have seen.

I wish you could know the brotherhood and self-satisfaction of helping save a life or of preserving someone's property, or being able to be there in time of crisis, or creating order from total chaos.

I wish you could understand what it feels like to have a little boy tugging at your arm and asking, "Is Mommy okay?" Not even being able to look in his eyes without tears from your own and not knowing what to say. Or to have to hold back a long time friend who watches his buddy having rescue breathing done on him as they take him away in the ambulance. You know all along he did not have his seat belt on. A sensation that I have become too familiar with.

Unless you have lived with this kind of life, you will never truly understand or appreciate who I am, we are, or what our job really means to us... I wish you could...
—author unknown

Colleagues mourn 28-year veteran

Colleagues mourn 28-year veteran

Colleagues, family and friends are mourning the loss of Capt. Marcel Marleau, a highly decorated 28-year firefighter who died yesterday battling an apartment blaze in Montreal North.

Follow the link above to receive more info

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Bill Kasco... AKA "Legs"

Take a look at the legs on this guy.... and you thought Betty Grable had nice gams.. Billy Boy could give the Rockettes a run for their money... Watch out for that mike, Bill.. it's getting a little too close to your NOSE... With a honker like that it's a good thing fresh air is free or Bill would be storing up for the winter... : )

And you thought I forgot about you, huh, Bill?

Is He A Mime???

Hey??? When did Dan Dancey become a mime? All that's missing from his outfit is a black beret! Can't you just picture him "walking against the wind" or better yet... "pulling on a rope"?... I hope we see him down by the River this summer when he tries out for The Buskers! Go Dan

Montreal Fire fighter Dies In House Fire

A fire Captain from Montreal died in a house fire when he became trapped in the upper floor Saturday. When I have more details I'll get back to you.

Randy Meyer in Hospital

Randy Meyer is in the hospital and would like visitors or phone calls. An email has been sent out to all the retirees. If you didn't receive the email please contact me and I'll give you the particulars.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Chinese Firefighters ???

Hey, this is for real; but, where is the equipment???
Do I see Mark Uttley training these guys? : )

WFD Clown Team

This is an oldie but goodie... notice the old Prince Edward Hotel in the background where the present Scotiabank is located.

Mongo Discovered In Remote Men's Club

This reporter has discovered the whereabouts of the world famous fire fighter ape, namely Mongo! For all too long Mongo had succeeded in avoiding the limelight and the media.
"I can't believe you found me!", cried Mongo, "I had a great thing going on here incognito." When asked what his current exploit was Mongo replied, "Well, I'm the current Maitre D' at the swanky Safari Club. It’s great. All I have to do is stand by the door in my new tux and welcome the patrons. What’s really neat is when the entertainment starts! I get to thump my chest, swing from some make believe vines, yell like Tarzan and land in some hay. Wow, the ladies just swoon whenever I start that action.”

When last seen Mongo was heading to his dressing room to clean out the remaining hay from his shorts.

My Hero!!

Mannn... Don't you just wish that you could take back that moment in time and change your mind? lol...

The Old Band Leader

Anyone remember Terry at this age? lol

Old Fart Convention

Hey, anyone remember these "Gentlemen"? I think I saw their faces on a poster in the local post office not too long ago.. : )

Friday, January 20, 2006

I was talking to OMERS the other day and a young lady informed me that Bill 206 is also known as the "Autonomy" bill. Apparently bill 206 is a good thing in that it sets up a board to control its own assetts and decision making. I know its all kind of complicated but from what she was telling me the bill is there to protect our interests.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Here's two guys that STILL work for Windsor Fire & Rescue.. Guess WHO?

(This is somewhere around the mid '70s)

This is the old Holiday Inn located on Riverside Drive. We had every Sutphen pumping water that day.
If you look really really close you can see Wayne Pestru doing his thing as the IC

Boys will be boys : )

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Welcome To The Blog

Welcome to the Windsor Fire & Rescue Retirees Blog

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Just Thinking

? "You have to wonder about people who think God is dead and
Elvis is alive."

? "Sometimes a majority only means that all the fools are on
the same side."

? "Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large

? "Aside from traffic, there is nothing that holds this country
back as much as committees."

? "Plan ahead - it wasn't raining when Noah built the ark!"

? "If it's green, it's biology. If it stinks, it's chemistry.
If it has numbers it's math. If it doesn't work, it's
technology. "

? "It's not so much how busy you are, but why you are busy.
The bee is praised. The mosquito is swatted."
-- Mary O'Connor

? "It's not hard to meet expenses... they're everywhere."

? "Cats look down on us, dogs look up to us, & pigs treat us
like equals." ---- W. Churchill.

? "Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States.
Ask any Indian." - Robert Orben

? "You can fall down by yourself but you need a friend's hand
to get up." - Yiddish Proverb

Popular Opinion vs. Truth

? "When a man you like switches from what he said a year ago,
or 4 years ago, he is a broad-minded person who has courage
enough to change his mind with changing conditions. When a
man you don't like does it, he is a liar who has broken his
promises." -- Franklin P. Adams (1881-1960)

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Wow.. a franchise on Mars may just be safer than one in Iraq.. : ) All you need is $450,000 and some extra AirMiles and it's all yours!


Hey... Jeannie submitted this one and she's blonde... so ..... don't get your panties in a bunch if your're a blonde too : )


To those of us who have children in our lives, whether they are our own,
grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or students...here is something to make you

Whenever your children are out of control, you can take comfort from the
thought that even God's omnipotence did not extend to His own children.
After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve. And the first
thing he said was "DON'T!"

"Don't what?" Adam replied.

"Don't eat the forbidden fruit." God said.

"Forbidden fruit? We have forbidden fruit? Hey Eve...we have forbidden

"No Way!"

"Yes way!"

"Do NOT eat the fruit!" said God.


"Because I am your Father and I said so!" God replied, wondering why He
hadn't stopped creation after making the elephants. A few minutes later,
God saw His children having an apple break and He was ticked!

"Didn't I tell you not to eat the fruit?" God asked.

"Uh huh," Adam replied.

"Then why did you?" said the Father.

"I don't know," said Eve.

"She started it!" Adam said

"Did not!"

"Did too!"


Having had it with the two of them, God's punishment was that Adam and Eve
should have children of their own. Thus the pattern was set and it has
never changed.


If you have persistently and lovingly tried to give children wisdom and
they haven't taken it, don't be hard on yourself. If God had trouble
raising children, what makes you think it would be a piece of cake for you?


1. You spend the first two years of their life teaching them to walk and
talk. Then you spend the next sixteen telling them to sit down and shut up.

2. Grandchildren are God's reward for not killing your own children.

3. Mothers of teens now know why some animals eat their young.

4. Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word for word
what you shouldn't have said.

5. The main purpose of holding children's parties is to remind yourself
that there are children more awful than your own.

6. We childproofed our homes, but they are still getting in.

ADVICE FOR THE DAY: Be nice to your kids. They will choose your nursing
home one day.



Monday, January 16, 2006

Never mind "Find Waldo"... try finding Pat Burke! I think he has the same attitude problem as Rolly Maure in the photo below : )

Communication problems

Communication problems.............

Is it me or is there a huge communication problem between the department and the retirees? For example, our old friend Harry Soumis passed away and the
Communications Center sent an email out to the stations and Association at 8:45 AM on Sunday. I received a message Sunday evening from Paula Hillis asking me if I had heard about Harry's passing. Apparently Jack Hillis had received a call that Harry had passed away on Friday at some time. I sent out emails to all of you including the stations and the Association to determine whether this was true or not. It was interesting after the service that Don Renaud only found out about Harry's death by reading the obits in the Star. In reality that wasn't much warning for us to be notified. The question begs the answer: Why weren't the retirees notified? Mind you, this isnt the place to find fault with any one person or group; but, rather to find a solution to this growing problem. I find it ironic that Harry worked more with us retirees than he did with the present Fire & Rescue Division and yet we were the last to be notified. I would like to see some positive comments about how this communication problem can be rectified.Ok... you're turn.. let's hear from you!

Who knew that this bunch would become officers? Especially with Mr. Maure's attitude in class : ) (check the middle digit)

Saturday, January 14, 2006

I received this last year and didn't have a chance to print it... but it's pretty funny. It just gives us an idea what is important to other people.

The phone rang in the fire department dispatch, and the caller immediately began talking.

"I'm 78 and a widow," she said, "and I have such a bad back that it is very hard for me to work in my garden. I..."

"Where's the fire?" the dispatcher interrupted.

"...have put in a very nice garden, in spite of that, with lovely zinnias all around the border, and it's growing quite nicely which is a good thing, the way grocery prices are these days..."

"Hey!" yelled the dispatcher. "Is your house on fire?"

"No, it isn't," replied the woman, "but the house next door is, and if anyone calls you about it, I don't want your people stomping around and dragging hoses through my nice garden. Do you understand?"

Friday, January 13, 2006

Recent Promotions

Promotions In 2005

Effective 0800 hrs. on Sunday, October 30, 2005:

  • Fire Rescue Captain Eric Mueck promoted to District Chief
  • Fire Rescue Firefighter Allan Hopes promoted to Captain
  • Fire Rescue Firefighter Terry Proulx promoted to Captain
  • Fire Rescue Firefighter Philip Boots promoted to Captain
  • Fire Rescue Firefighter Paul Beggs promoted to Captain

Effective 0800 on Sunday, June 12, 2005

  • Fire Rescue Captain Brian Webb is promoted to District Chief
  • Fire Rescue Firefighter Ed Dupuis is promoted to Captain, Fire Rescue

Retirees 2005

The following is a list of guys that retired in 2005... I suppose some of you older retirees are feeling a little bit older after reading this list : )

Dave Molnar
Larry Phillips
Bernie Glabb
Doug Hussey
Dennis Axford
Brent Marchant
Dennis Williams

Best of luck to you, folks and enjoy the second part of your life.

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