EVENT – Beat Blood Cancer Challenge – October 26, 2019

EVENT – Beat Blood Cancer Challenge – October 26, 2019

Over the last 13 years of fundraising and championing for the cause I have been so blessed to have raised around $27,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through the LLS Firefighter Stair Climb.  For five years I have served as an Ambassador to this amazing program where I’ve been a part of a team making this happen, but the time is here to KICK this up a notch and PUNCH blood cancer in the face! After much thought leading…

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Why I won’t stop…

Why I won’t stop…

13 years.  Over $25,000 raised.  Thousands of firefighters that I’ve had the great opportunity to climb, fundraise, and compete with for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Surely many would see that as a great accomplishment and lives saves, but sadly the battle for many goes on.  Cures have not been found, funding is not where it needs to be, and we still have a lot of work to be done. As I sit here tonight looking back on many years,…

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Passing on the left…

Passing on the left…

I penned a slightly abridged version of this in response to a social media post regarding the 9/9/2018 Columbus 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb that I read yesterday.  The jist of posting showed a firefighter only Memorial Stair Climb showing firefighters stopping for each other, checking on one another, and trudging along at their pace.  As quoted, “Take note there is no one pushing past each other in the stairwell causing safety issues. Hint hint Ohio 9/11 stair climb organizers.”  The posting goes…

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Why do I climb and compete?

Why do I climb and compete?

I’ve been asked this question a lot over the years at the competitor level, at the ambassador level, as an honored climber, or in the coffee shop.  Why do you climb, why are you doing these events?  As recent as this last weekend at the Columbus 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb I had firefighters stop and ask, “aren’t you that guy that does the events”?  Yep, that’s me.  “Why do you do it, where have you been to, what drives you,…

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When things don’t go smoothly

When things don’t go smoothly

  The third annual Rastin Challenge has came and gone with participants from around the area competing against each other for prizes and to raise money for a local scholarship for first responders.  Rastin Challenge is an amazing local event that was started and is held at the Ariel Foundation Park in Mount Vernon, Ohio. If you haven’t seen photos of it or heard of the place, check out the spiral staircase around an old smokestack that is the tallest…

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Hello….this thing on?

Hello….this thing on?

You’ve been looking…checking back…wondering whats going on, the answer is plenty!  Updates coming soon.  Chile, Scott Firefighter Stair Climb, 9/11 StairClimbs, Rastin Challenge, FDIC, and probably some gear and equipment stuff as well.  I’ve got a lot to catch up on with the site. Several posts coming before heading out to FDIC to network and get another much needed dose of brotherhood.

Air is free, why are we afraid of using it?

Air is free, why are we afraid of using it?

Last year I put together an article titled, “Taking air for granted,” that highlighted the importance of VO2, touched on training on air, knowing your SCBA, and broke the ice.  After continuing my training, competing, and preparing for the fireground, the importance of air continues to tug at me, why?  Without air, we are dead, simple, that’s it.  With the exception of divers, frequent swimmers, and other oddities, the ability to hold your breath for an extended period of time…

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We’re going International

We’re going International

It’s absolutely hard to believe that I am almost down to single digits before my first International competition in Santiago, Chile.  When I started competing in Seattle back in 2007 I never even imagined it possible or that I would want to.  The people that I have met, the places that I have been, the opportunities, the challenges, the adventures, EVERYTHING has been so amazing.  It was through Seattle that I met my International friends….brothers….bomberos, and now here I am…

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Headed to Chile to represent the United States

Headed to Chile to represent the United States

Over the course of the last eleven-and-a-half years, Fredericktown Community Fire District Firefighter Jason Bostic has traveled the United States to represent his department, and the state of Ohio in competition. This September however, Bostic will be taking that to a whole different level as he heads to Santiago, Chile to represent the United States in the “Race for Life”. Held at the Constanera Centre Tower, firefighters will climb 1800 steps up the tallest building in South America to promote…

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