Apparatus & Equipment, Firefighting, Leadership

Excellence Through Leadership and Commitment

Issue 11 and Volume 164.

BY JOHN KING Excellence, like tradition, is the result of time-honored practices that officers reinforce daily in providing a good example through their leadership and by firefighters who demonstrate their pride in their organization by their commitment. Aristotle once said, “We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly.” On December 27, 2008, a 39-year-old minor league hockey player named Don Parsons took to the ice for the Bloomington Prairie Thunder. Twenty seconds into the second period, Parsons, camped at the near side of the goal, took a pass from teammate Marty Standish and one-timed it in, setting the all-time professional minor league career goal record with 678 goals. For many, 17 seasons in the minor league would amount to failure. At age 39, the hopes of playing in the National Hockey League had long since passed. In…

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