Stamina, Grit, Determination

Stamina, Grit, Determination

Vienna Fire Department is managed by the Chief Officers. Each Chief Level Officer has integrated responsibilities. My Assistant Chief Walter Beroth manages our combination department personnel and integrations with the Forsyth County FD.  Walter schedules the Full and part time staff. He makes sure the daily, weekly, monthly and yearly checkoffs are done promptly and efficiently. He manages his own business and family life while putting Vienna Fire and EMS response as a priority to serve his community. Walter was the Chief of Department for 15 years. He stepped down to further  his education, and participate very heavily in the GNCC motorcycle racing. Both of his young men have raced and excelled. Bolton is still racing and Alex had a magnificent career.

Strong church, community and family ties are the motivator behind the Grit and determination that Walter shows in every aspect of his life. He speaks with every employee about the commitment required to be Staff of a Combination department. He lives the physical aspect  with stamina and a history of interior firefighting. Walter has been found observing the firefighting effort for way longer that most can stretch their air bottles. He has the ability to turn every moment into a teachable moment.

Vienna has had a large number of fires that progressed or started in the attic. Using the tactics learned many years before Walt can assist each crew in getting with it up in that attic. Of course to be able to stretch the air, hold the hose, and fight the fire you must have stayed hydrated, done daily and weekly workouts,and  conditioned the body for the stress of fighting the heat and smoke. Preparation is the key.

At Vienna we are blessed to have members of all types and skills. We have many that work everyday in the heat and humidity. While Hot and tired all have listened and heed the need to stay hydrated. Getting water on the fireground is too late. You must be ready for that time when the coat and helmet go on and the Heat stress begins.

Walt is not the only Vienna Officer pushing grit and determination. We hold ourselves to a higher standard. Work-out, Work, Hydrate, Prepare the skill-set, Use the knowledge and Mentor our volunteers and Full time Fire Fighters. I am proud to see our guys standing calmly re-hydrating while others need to be told to remove gear and sit out because of dehydration.

Passing the Grit is tough. Watching those coming up from above is tough too. Teaching, Mentoring, and letting go is required to really make a FF. Responsibility is born from excelling at task and command levels jobs. Stay Fit to Stay in there. That where the rubber meets the Road.

Tim

 

Involved or Committed

Involved or Committed

100% is all you have. Sports talks about 110% . I have seen 150 or 200% in emergencies and special situations. I try to put my all into everything I am a part of. Over the Years the stuff has grown and compounded. Family x 3, Church, Business, Community, and physical self and Fun…

I have been involved, committed and an integral part of Fire and Rescue, Automotive repair, Church life , and community since I was a Youth. I have sat in on meetings, been a lively part,and lead those meetings. Together we have kept the organizations managed, motivated, and liquid. Fund raising has been a tremendous part of many of these organizations history. I have sold nearly everything imaginable. Food has been the best because we all EAT 3 times a Day…

Roberta has been committed since we started dating. I tricked her into marrying me. I failed to tell her she would work in a garage, become an EMT, and Boy Scout leader, Serve Thousands of Meals to everyone imaginable, and live with the Lasley boys… Her smile is ever present. Her magnificent attitude causes others to help when asked. Roberta is the spark plug behind all things Lasley at 6355 and 6395…

Roberta began putting together our “How did we do that?” manuals. Grocery lists, main helpers, food quantities and turnouts. We can now come up with an idea, find out quantities, who to serve and how long it took for logistics and setup/cleanup.  She of course is helped by Mom Rowena. They are most important to my Family and my sanity. We are a Family when we all get together. Vienna knows when we are away.

Love you Berta… Thanks

Father’s reflection

Surrounded

Surrounded by family, not smothered but wrapped in some loving arms. Camping with thousands is very intimate at times. Long walks on the beach, sitting n reflecting, and quiet time after all have gone to bed.

I am blessed with a Mom that let community men help raise me. My dad’s were many. To those still alive… JD Beroth, Bob May ,Tom Wright… Thanks. N I think you would be proud at your Grandsons n Family

Train up a child…. Proverbs… Thanks

Thanks Ya’ll

Thanks Ya’ll

A simple thank you note. It lifts your spirit and causes that moment in time of remembrance. The simple note acknowledges and affirms that someone else got what was sent and appreciates you enough to give of their time in return. A Thank you. No matter if it is hastily written or long thought out letter of gratitude, the note matters. Some come quickly and others longer or never arrive. These are some of the Notes of my Life and Times of a simple community Man.

The memory is aided by some notes I have made and interviews to gain perspective and others tales that coincide with my stories.This is a Thank You to all who have served and assisted me in my Life in Vienna.

My Thanks will include Men n Women of our community and beyond. Fire Department Friends and Brothers n Sisters. Family. Close knit leaders in community and business. Some Thank Yous will be broad and far reaching. Others will be direct and very personal.  Roberta, Jim, Paul, Brian, Annette, John, Benjamin, Walt and Kathy, Alex , Bolton, Mom, Rowena, James n John. Richard and Billy, JD and Clara, Marvin n Annie Mae, My Whole Scouting family, and Brookstown UMC, Vienna Civic Club, IGONC…

Tonight I want to start with Rick Goins.

Early memories of Rick are fun to think about and enjoy. We joined the Fire Department about the same time. We hung out at the station . We were youth members of nearby churches. We rode together to school on the bus and when Rick drove and Mom let me ride. We double dated, We cruised. We trained and trained and trained together. We were mentored by the same group of men. We learned about life and death… a lot of Death. We survived together. We are very different and very alike in many ways. Strong love of our Lord, Wives, Children, Community and Churches. We have pulled together as a group and as a Pair. (Pair of Niceuns).

I want to formally Thank You for the friendship, unity, commiseration, and happiness we have shared through the Years. I want you to know that I have seen with you the terrible things that humans do to each other and we have been called to help with. I thank you for standing with me as we buried many of our retired members of Vienna and Mt. Tabor. Thanks for being the friend I needed when we buried our friends and contemporaries. Thanks for making our community safer and a better place.

I remember following John Shore down a hallway with my nose to the wood floor. Vienna’s newest cadets were under the smoke layer pushing and pulling the hose toward the glow. Quickly we were patted on the shoulder and told to flow the line into the room. Rick cracked open the nozzle and cool fresh air was sucked past my nose as I struggled to hold the line so he could attack the fire. I took a deep breath and the heat and smoke dropped down on us . We were ready holding our breath waiting for the lift. Someone hollared and Rich shut down. The smoke layer rose slightly and the heat was replaced by warm smoky air. We backed out on command and spitting and sputtering arrived outside. We had attacked our first Fire. Training fire. I have followed Rick and he has followed me over the years.

I have many stories of our friendship but I cannot tell them all. I do know that if I need help I can Call Rick.

Thanks

That Feeling … Some may never Understand

That Feeling … Some may never Understand

There was nobody in 12 counties that did not know a Tornado was on the ground in Iredell, Davie, Yadkin, and Stokes counties. The system and Social media worked as planned. Devastation and Chaos spread through the 4 counties. Wx networks tracked the Tornados every move. Reporters sped to the source of the damage reports fast enough to warn others in adjacent counties.  Fire, Police, and EMS along with Emergency Management responded to help. Old fire dogs called in their locations in case of standby or Help Needed.

The urge to help your neighbor gets stronger as you gain experience. Proper knowledge and Equipment coupled with training causes even more readiness. Knowing past history or past experience when “All Hands were Working” makes it even harder to stay put and wait for the CAll.

The Storm had many busy. Wx folks were filled with the need to warn others. Especially after the storm reports started coming to the newsrooms. Many stopped what they were doing just to get ready. I personally got my house in order to have to leave. My family was getting together to Eat. Perfect timing. FF always leave during meals. I don’t know Why but thats when calls come in.

If you have answered the Call you know the pull to answer the next. Adrenaline junkies or just extremely valuable assets or cannon fodder it does not matter. We all get that FEELING.

Labor for the Future

Labor for the Future

I spent the best part of the day attending an IGONC Board meeting.

The Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina (IGONC) was established by a group of dedicated garage owners in August of 1959 to help members deal with the many challenges that face owner-operators of independent garages in the State of North Carolina. (igonc.com)

2017 is no different. Owners and Technicians need the group support available to over 400 shops in NC. The IGONC family has an Executive Director and Executive assistant  working everyday to find discounts, legislative assistance, and preparing for the ASTESHOW.com. We gather in the Fall and have a Trade Show, Nationally recognized speakers and trainers, and group interdynamics.

Mark Your Calendars!


September 29-30th, 2017 is a must attend date as IGO presents ASTE 2017. Shop owners, service advisors & technicians will be able to take part in the largest automotive aftermarket event held in the Carolinas. This event has some of the nation’s top trainers delivering cutting edge information at a price that one would expect to pay for one seminar.

Event Highlights


  • Automotive Tradeshow on Saturday
  • 2 Days Full of High Tech Automotive Training
  • 16 Management & Technical Seminar

I am a committed member trying to share my success and make the Auto repair industry better. My 2 Sons are entering the business and I want them to enjoy the great collaboration I had through the Years.

Electronics and Technology have helped but also create issues on their own, How to Get and keep customers, How to get and keep Technicians, and Why can I not pay my Bills… I have been Busy ?

Our Website IGONC.Com, and ASTESHOW.com are Loaded with information and can help Owners, Service Advisors, and Technicians. WE also Have a Facebook Page.

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Goals

Goals

Babies, Graduations, New Home ownership, Work, Vocation, Awards and More. These are the goals that can be attained and have been in this Spring 2017.  These are just a few of the goals that have been written, dreamed, or bam became the reality. The future is in the hands of those dreams and plans. The hard work to stay on task and finish the race is also the future. Even after the race and the winners and losers go home there is a new race to be run.

I have always said if I didn’t have a deadline I would never get anything done. I try to be diligent and keep my commitments. I have attained many of my Goals in life. I should quit saying I also. We is how my life has evolved. Roberta was sent by God and We have built the life the Lasley Family enjoys. We prayed about our business, our having children and our living quarters. Then hard work and patience have lead us to the best community and friends and family ties we have ever known.

Mom Lasley and Mom Gilstrap have guided us through our early years. Our extended Family with Brother Brian and Sister Kathy and Roberta’s Brother James and Sisters Cathy and Laura n Norman have given us opportunities we would never have enjoyed. Also Heaven sent. Working with Walter and Rick and Richard in the Fire Department has also been like family. Helping guide an organization that is based on a huge team effort is wonderful to watch succeed. Building a small business into a life and family supporting enterprise is also guided by God. Get involved in your Community.

Put Christ first. Pray about all major decisions. Do Your Best. Follow the Scout Motto and Do a Good Turn Daily. Listen to the gentle nudgings of God. Work hard. Relax Hard too.

Attain Goals. Congratulations