Where did you serve and what did you do?
USMC- 1966-1969 two tours in Vietnam. 3rd Motor Transport (rough riders) second tour was attached to the 26 Marines. Came home and finished my enlistment 9 months at Cherry Point, NC. 1970 to 2006 served in the Baltimore City Fire Department 36 years. Retired a Lieutenant. 1970 I used the GI Bill to go to college, graduated 1976 with a 3.7 average. 1986 enlisted in the US Coast Guard as Port Security, did fire and police, providing training through Baltimore City to get Coast Guard personal qualified as firefighters. Retired in 2007 E-9 Master Chief. In 1986 I also joined the local volunteer fire company in my community.
How are you #StillServing?
I am still a member of the Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company, I no longer fight fires. I provide services to the KVFC by doing the fuel log, address signs and Honor Guard duties. I am also the Recording Secretary for the Baltimore City Retired Fire Officers and Firefighters Association and provide assistance to the widows of the association. I am also a blood donor with approximately 130 donations, and one donation of bone marrow.
Why do you do it?
Life has been good to me and my mother taught me at an early age to help others! My philosophy has always been if you can’t help someone don’t do anything to hurt them, help them to grow and give back!