Sometimes firefighters are in the news because they made a lot of money. If people only knew the toll it takes.
From my new article at Fire Engineering.
. . .A person needs to set boundaries and adhere to them. I didn’t. We are our own worst enemy, thinking we are invincible yet proving that we are not. Looking back, I can see where I went wrong and how I let my ego decay my rational sense of self-preservation. I had convinced myself that I was the guy who could handle the 80-hour weeks, AND a part-time job on the side, AND take care of my family, AND be a barrel of laughs at the cookout. . .