By Ron Kanterman
A while back I was out of town speaking at a fire chief’s conference and ran into my old friend, Rick Lasky. I was fortunate enough to not have been on the speaking podium at the same time, so I sat in on one of his famous “Pride and Ownership” lectures. I had read all of it and have heard most of it, but sitting there listening to it again somehow inspired me. Those who know me know of my passion and love for the fire service and that they drive me to do the things I do.
Ron Kanterman is a 35-year veteran of the fire service. He holds a bachelor’s and two master’s degrees and is a career fire chief in southeast Connecticut. He is an advocate for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and serves as chief of operations for the annual Memorial Weekend ceremonies each year in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He lectures on a variety of topics around the country.