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This isn't my poem, but I think on this night it should be passed around to help us remember everyone who is out there on deployment and away from their homes and loved ones.

IT WAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

HE LIVED ALL ALONE, IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF PLASTER AND STONE. I HAD
COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE, AND TO SEE JUST WHO IN THIS HOME
DID LIVE.

I LOOKED ALL ABOUT, A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE, NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS, NOT EVEN
A TREE. NO STOCKING BY MANTLE, JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND, ON THE WALL HUNG
PICTURES OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.

WITH MEDALS AND BADGES, AWARDS OF ALL KINDS, A SOBER THOUGHT CAME THROUGH MY
MIND. FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT, IT WAS DARK AND DREARY, I FOUND THE HOME
OF A UNITED STATES MARINE, ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY. THE MARINE LAY SLEEPING, SILENT,
ALONE, CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.

THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE, THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER, NOT HOW I PICTURED A UNITED
STATES MARINE.
WAS THIS THE HERO OF WHOM I'D JUST READ? CURLED UP ON A PONCHO, THE FLOOR FOR
A BED?

I REALIZED THE FAMILIES THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT, OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE
MARINES WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT. SOON ROUND THE WORLD, THE CHILDREN WOULD
PLAY, AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY.

THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR, BECAUSE OF THE MARINES, LIKE
THE ONE LYING HERE. I COULDN'T HELP WONDER HOW MANY LAY ALONE, ON A COLD
CHRISTMAS EVE IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME. THE VERY THOUGHT BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY
EYE, I DROPPED TO MY KNEES AND STARTED TO CRY.

THE MARINE AWAKENED AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE, "SANTA DON'T CRY, THIS LIFE IS
MY CHOICE; I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM, I DON'T ASK FOR MORE, MY LIFE IS MY GOD, MY
COUNTRY, MY CORPS." THE MARINE ROLLED OVER AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP, I COULDN'T
CONTROL IT, I CONTINUED TO WEEP.

I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS, SO SILENT AND STILL AND WE BOTH SHIVERED FROM THE COLD
NIGHT'S CHILL. I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT, THIS GUARDIAN
OF HONOR SO WILLING TO FIGHT. THEN THE MARINE ROLLED OVER, WITH A VOICE SOFT
AND PURE, WHISPERED, "CARRY ON SANTA, IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS SECURE." ONE
LOOK AT MY WATCH, AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT. "MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND, AND TO
ALL A GOOD NIGHT."

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Dalmatian Hand

3:40am wake up call.........

Posted on 2013.04.11 at 22:40
Current Location: back in quarters
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: they call me the fire man,,, grorge strait
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Just my early morning wak-up call bog alley april 11 2013  

Dalmatian Hand

Rubber Egg???

Posted on 2013.03.12 at 22:19
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Well as everyone with live stock or pets knows, they always seem to do sothing weird. My mates chickens are no exception.  I went out to check the chicken coop last night and found just one egg in the coop (for three laying hens).  Just to be a through dog I also checked the chickens covered yard, where I discovered what appeared to be a small rubber ball. On closer examination it turned out to be a chicken egg with a soft rubbery shell, which then became part of my meatloaf recipe that night. Since I know "pictures or it didn't happen" here are a couple of videos I shot with my crappy camera phone. http://s168.beta.photobucket.com/user/fyrdawg207/media/rubberegg_zps8f4202c9.mp4.html       http://s168.beta.photobucket.com/user/fyrdawg207/media/rubberegg2_zpsdaa40a6a.mp4.html

Dalmatian Hand

Snow Burn??

Posted on 2013.03.10 at 11:19
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Well I was out on a frozen lake yesterday jumping in and out of the water (ok so it was more like crawling out of the water).... Yay training ...... Well the suit leaked (which is normal) and I got a nice sunburn on my face. Well aside from the normal bumps and bruises I get every time I do one of these trainings everything went ok, and after a long hot shower the important stuff dropped back into place.


Stay Safe

Fyr


thin blue line

237 years of blood, sweat, tears and kicking ass... OORAH!!!

Posted on 2012.11.10 at 00:16
Current Location: In garrision
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: Marine crops hym
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Well folks it's November 10th yet again, and that means its the birthday of something very special to me.

So as you go about your daily routines please take a second and think about Marines who are stationed or deployed all over the world, and wish them a happy birthday . My beloved Corps is 237 years old today, and one thing that I have always loved about my Corps is the sense of history and the brotherhood that ties all Marines, past, present and future together.

So join me as I lift a glass in honor of my fellow jar heads.

Here's to the those who were, those who are and those who will be
Here's to the scarlet and gold, the USMC

Semper-Fi Devil Dogs

Fyr


Dalmatian Hand

Well that was different

Posted on 2012.08.01 at 22:15
Current Location: in the kennelk, like a good dawg
Current Music: who let the dogs out
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Today I was dispatched to a call that could best be described as "different".

I was dispatched to a report of a seagull, that seemed to be hanging in mid air over a small open field.  
When I arrived this is what I found. *Note: There is no blood in the video but if you'rte a bunny hugger you might find it offensive.*
http://s168.photobucket.com/albums/u200/fyrdawg207/?action=view&current=DSCF0843.mp4

It seems that there was kite string caught between two trees, and a seagull got caught in the kite string and it was hanging about 30 feet in the air.
http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u200/fyrdawg207/DSCF0845.jpg

Well it didn't take a genius to figure out I needed help so I called dispatch and had a BRT *big red truck* come down and assist me.
http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u200/fyrdawg207/DSCF0851.jpg

Well it only took us a few minutes to recover the gull, at which point I transported it to my kennel where we removed the remaining string from its wing and we released it back into the wild.
http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u200/fyrdawg207/DSCF0856.jpg

Dalmatian Hand

Heading to PA (just not AC)

Posted on 2012.06.14 at 22:50
Current Location: busting knuckels preping the camper
Current Music: The second week at deer camp
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Well I'll be heading down to PA at 5am on Friday morning.... Alas I will not be heading to AC. I will be heading to Quarryville to celebrate my 12th wedding anniversary.

Our current plan is primarily tooling around Lancaster county on our motorcycles and enjoying the sights.

So have fun at the con.... I'll be that dot.........way.....off in the distance waving hello.

*snuggs*

Stay Safe

Dalmatian Hand

Farther & son weekend

Posted on 2012.05.15 at 21:47
Current Location: In the man cave, hybernating
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: That's my job
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Well I decided this past weekend that it's time my pup learned how to drive my John Deere 850. So we set to work pulling out a bunch of pines and hemlocks that the missus wanted removed.



All in all he did pretty good for his first time out. He never ground the gears and did everything he was told to do, when he was told to do it. With any luck the lessons will continue this weekend.

I also let him start to use the riding mower this weekend as well. I'd have to say that him running the mower was a much harder on my nerves.

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Skull &amp; crossed tools

It's been interesting

Posted on 2012.04.14 at 21:44
Current Location: back in the station
Current Music: They call me the fireman (george Strait))
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The FD has been running full bore lately and it's been very interesting........

We've responded to 5 arson fires in the last two weeks, and three of the fires have been total losses.
So far this individual has only hit empty buildings, but we're getting fearful that he/she might decide to up the stakes and hit some occupied structures.

We also responded to a fatal car accident this morning, where a subject was ejected during a rollover.

Add to that the fact that we've had a high wildfire danger for the past few weeks, we've been running straight out.

Oh yeah..... Then for kicks we did some wildfire training today.





RIP Chief Maloney
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Skull &amp; crossed tools

Structure fire, of "how I spent my Friday night"

Posted on 2012.03.24 at 13:50
Current Location: back at the station, rooling hose
Current Music: George Strait "they call me the fireman"
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Friday night my company was dispatched to a neighboring department, to provide mutual aid at a structure fire. our response time was pretty good for a call company, as both pieces that were dispatched were on the road within 5 minutes. We had a pretty good response time and we covered the 10.6 miles to the call in short order.

On arrival our engine was assigned as the water supply pumper for the scene and we set up for a folding tank / tanker shuttle operation. Our tanker was assigned to the tanker shuttle portion of the operation.

Myself an another firefighter we immediately released from the water supply operation by the Capt and sent into the scene. As we were walking in to the fire it became immediately apparent that the structure was a total loss before our units ever arrived on scene.  The structure which contained a single family residence as well as a full machine shop, was completely leveled and approximately 1.5 acres of the surrounding area (grass, brush and trees as well as several pieces of heavy equipment and multiple vehicles were burning.

  We were able to knock down the exterior fires quickly and with the help of an excavator and pay-loader that were already on scene we quickly contained the brush fire.

Due to the nature of this occupancy and its use there were several drums and tanks filled with oils, fuels, and solvents that helped to feed the fire. there were also multiple 100 lb propane tanks, acetylene tanks and oxygen thanks within the building that most likely aided in the building destruction. 

All said and done 6 departments responded to the scene and we were there for approximately 6 hours before being cleared by command. I do not know of any first responder or civilian injuries.

I don't have any on scene pics of this one, so here is an aerial view of the building, and yes all of the "stuff" that you can see surrounding the structure was there last night.

http://maps.yahoo.com/embed#q=24+Sandville+Rd%2C+Limington%2C+ME++04049-3016&conf=1&start=1&lat=43.692585482919476&lon=-70.66099539399147&zoom=18&mvt=s&trf=0

Additionally, my department dispatched a chief officer and an ambulance for on scene support.

Stay Safe

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