Hope and Timber and Trust

Hope and Timber and Trust

Wood is what you Burn. Lumber comes from Timber. Straight lumber is sought. Grain of the lumber determines the strength. Strong timber is lean years and little excess water. Straight timber grows in the forest.

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.
In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,
Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.
Community raised and love of Vienna kept me at home.
High School ,Technical School , and NCSU along with the School of hard knocks
Shaped by Mom and Men of the Community
Learned about Salvation in the 70’s.
Saw what Drugs and Alcohol can do to classmates and friends
Started teaching Fire Service after Graduation from State.
Challenged by Technology on the Automobile and became a good sleuth of Electrical issues.
Started studying the Bible and enjoy reading and teaching about God’s Love for us
Decided I was not doing everything for “The World” and joined the Gideons International.
Made the Decision
Trust God and The Bible
Placed Prayer and Reading higher priority
Realized true Hope
Now I am certain this Hope has allowed me to continue Serving others .
Salvation and Prayer helps this Sinner continue each day
Proud of my Family, Children and now Grand Daughter.
Will Continue Prayer
Service to and through others
Daily strolls through the Scripture



Too Busy to Pay Attention

Too Busy to Pay Attention

I got interviewed for a marketing survey this week. As a business owner I get many calls to assist me in my business. Financial, Credit card processing, Loans, and marketing folks calling to exact their piece of a great thing. My business is Great. Great Family, Great Employees, Great Friends and Great Customers. I tell them all that we run our business tight and conservatively. And that I am really busy right now and I have got to GO!

As I was being interviewed the Lady asked many pointed questions. How did a typical day evolve? What type of leadership I provided. Do I ever take a Vacation? I gave my answers and was pleased to receive the WOW that I usually get when I tell all that I do. I do so many things I forget some when I tell about the Lasley Life.

The question always comes up as to Why? Why are you so involved? What has this done to your Family life? How do you spend so much time away from the business and the Fire Department? What do your kids think? What about Roberta?

I usually say I am BLESSED. I have a family, Community and State that share in my busyness. We are together at the Wilson’s Garage. We are together at Church at Brookstown. We are together through Scouting. We are together in the service of our community as the Vienna Civic Club. We are together when we Camp monthly and sometimes more than monthly. I belong to give back to a community that in 1971 gave our family a love and outpouring of community in ACTION.

I owe all the busyness of my life to our now retired community leaders. Many are deceased. A few are alive and some do not really realize the impact they had on a young man and his family . Mom did many things right and allowed our community to help raise her Son’s and a daughter. She is still setting me straight today.

I look at the trips I take with the Scouts and OA and remember the men of our Troop making time for us Scouts. Time is precious today and back then as well. I am reminded Many took the time to help me when I was 11 and up. I look at busy as my turn to give it back and #payitforward. Each time I am reminded and asked Why? I really just smile and think of the Giants of our community that are smiling down each day at us.

Thanks JD, Harold, Marvin, Randall, Roy, John, Woodrow, Tommy, Ed, Opal, Annie Mae, Carolyn and Bill, Mom, Mr Hough, Mr Nanney, Mr Ziglar, My Pastors- Sam, Ed, Bob, Phil, Edwin, Doug, Roland and Emily, NCSU Methodist, Duke Divinity Students, and Chip.

Special thanks to all who serve… Rick, Richard, Walt, Mike, Jacob, Michael, Jay and all Troop 919 and Vienna FD members, Brookstown UMC congregation, Vienna Community and the Town of Lewisville…

I may be too busy to pay attention but I am Happy and Proud of my Son’s Jim and Paul… Momentous MAY coming up!!! Then It’s our Summer Roberta!!!

G-pops? Grandchildren and Legacy

G-pops? Grandchildren and Legacy

Questions are coming at me faster than I can answer. Are you Ready? Are you Stoked? Is Jim ready? What is the sex of the baby? When? When? and When? Is Paul graduating? When? What’s He going to do?

I am proud to report a female baby is still in formation. I am super excited! Jim is ready! Paul graduates May 12th and Victoria is due May 17th. Close but the Lasley’s never do anything with lots of time to spare. We are planning a camping trip for Easter and Beach trip for July 4th. In between We have 2 magnificent events planned and being in the Emergency Services we are also ready for the unexpected.

G-Pops is writing his blogs and thinking of a children’s book. Helping his fellow man through brains and brawn. Sitting with the child and transfering Love and compassion. Singing the National Anthem and quiet lullabies. Giving Jim and Victoria some much needed down time and getting some G time ourselves.

My camping room was transitioned from a MAN camping room to a Guest room about a year ago. Transitioned just once again to accept a newborn. I arrived home from CRK to find Roberta cleaned out and moved some stuff. The Drum is out to the trophy room. Some stuff will find its way into the new trailer. The baby will take over the room soon.

As I strive to get more done in less time and leave instructions for the future I will also slow down to hold that baby.

To answer the Question…. G-Pops is Ready… Bring it….Love enough for allold n new2017



Proverbs 3:5,6

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.


25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.

26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.

27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.

28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.

29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.

30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.

31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.

33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.


Isaiah 40: 21-31

21 Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?

22 It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:

23 That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.

24 Yea, they shall not be planted; yea, they shall not be sown: yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth: and he shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither, and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble.

25 To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.

26 Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.

27 Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the Lord, and my judgment is passed over from my God?

28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.

29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:

3But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Psalm 147: 1-11, 20c

147 Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.

The Lord doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel.

He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.

Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.

The Lord lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground.

Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God:

Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains.

He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry.

10 He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man.

11 The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.

1 Corinthians 9: 16-23

16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!

17 For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.

18 What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.

19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.

20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;

21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.

22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.

23 And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.

Mark 1 : 29-39

16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!

17 For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.

18 What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.

19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.

20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;

21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.

22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.

23 And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.

A quote from my Scoutmaster is “You can never get away from that Trust word  in the Scout Law”.

Scouting wants each Scout to strive to learn and earn  our Oath and Law everyday.  Our Motto is BE PREPARED. Prepare the Scouts to be Ready for Anything. Teach them to be Trustworthy.

Parents may never understand that Trusting Adult leaders creates long lasting friendships.

Scouts may never realize everything that Scouting Quietly teaches.

The Scout Oath and Law are expected. The Motto is ingrained as the Scouts learn and earn Merit Badges. The “Promise” of Scouting is Moral, Character, and Leadership while learning to be self-sufficient in the wilderness

Today’s Scouts learn leadership and  Cheerful Service.

No Matter What is learned TRUST is there!

Trust is part of every Verb defining a man or women. Character, Hope, Morality, Faith. Without Trust almost all are worthless

Leaders and Parents have to Trust also.

Trust the Program.

Trust Me




IMG_20171219_213737656B Shift has not slept through the night in 10 shifts. I have run every fire and a few EMS assist during this cold Snap of 2018. We went below freezing before the New Year and did not rise above until Monday the 8th. We had fires both Saturday and Sunday nights. It was real cold Saturday night with a low near 0. Sunday was almost balmy at 20. I had to really work Sunday night and sweated and cooled off and chilled then sweated again. My hot water pipe in the kitchen froze New Years eve and again Saturday night. Cold brought in work, Fires, and Frozen everything.

The Piedmont Triad tied a record from 1917 with 8 days below freezing. The only colder winter for me was the winter of 77-78. Water pipes and the Mighty Yadkin froze. We had Snow back in ’77.  The ice storm of ’89 had really cold temps but just shorter duration. Memorable occasions all. The common denominator is when it gets that cold even the toughest get tired. We all have to pull together and get er dun. Working together in arduous conditions bonds crews together.

The cold creeps in slowly. It gets cold then in NC there is wind associated with moving fronts. Cold slips down the mountain escarpment and puddles in even as cold winds blow and traps the cold on the surface. We might even have a warm front move up  and override the cold air… Result= Freezing rain. Ice storms are common and glaze everything. trees snap around 1/4 to 1/2 inch of ice. When this happens power goes out and Fire departments run and run. Trees, power lines, house fires, slips and falls and the list goes on.

Normal activity tries to continue at first. Transportation issues usually dictate the shutdowns. Initially the Ice or Snow is pretty and harmless. Then the evening or morning commute becomes dicey. Trapped at work is worse. People are coming home! Roads get blocked and some do not know another way home? Even snow becomes ice as temperatures drop and roadways ice over or shady spots that ice the quickest. If its just cold doors close and curtains are pulled and Vienna settles in listening to the heat blow and blow.

Running between the house and vehicles is not too bad as temperatures stay below freezing. A few days or nights is easy. Beyond that easy first few days chores get tougher. Keeping animals just in water and food becomes the chore. Warming lamps and auxiliary heaters  become overworked. Cords and outlets heat up and begin to fail. Weaknesses in the heating systems are exposed by failure.

Firefighting in the cold is a dance between Hot and Cold and literally Fire and Ice. Water applied puts out the fire and takes away the light. Hoses shut down start to freeze.  Water supplies must be shut down and hoses rolled before the freezing starts. Engines must be circulated to keep from freezing. Tired FF must be rested and energized to cleanup and pack up.

Interior firefighters get just as hot and sweaty no matter the temperatures. Exterior firefighting takes exertion and the sneaky cold leaking in around the edges. Water gets splashed around and soon covers all outside surfaces. There are many in betweens . The engineers and officers are busy keeping up with equipment and personnel. Timing the expansion and draw down of the incident is a tough job. Firefighters around the country do it every winter. It has been our turn.




Joy of the Effort

Joy of the Effort

I have been teaching in the fire service since 1986. My most fun times are teaching rookies anything. Classroom or Practical it is fun to watch the lights come on in these young men and women. Structure burns are fewer and farther between than they used to be. Each burn is like the proverbial box of Chocolate!. You never know what you are going to get until that first fire is over. Each department and AHJ are very different. Getting to work with multiple colleges and Instructors and Fire Marshals is a great blessing.

Training yourself and your department is essential to longevity. Making sure your FF are really up to the task of Fire Suppression is also important. All instructors have seen the old and young experience “airpack” issues, heat and claustrophobia concerns, and other “I got to get out of here” excuses. Knowing who will stay by your side when the going gets tough is important. As much as I enjoy burning in the training building sometimes some slip through to the front line.

Joe Ramsey has been a staple instructor for Northwest NC for many years. Joe initiated a team Instructor concept. As many as 8-10 instructors and Instructors in training attend the burns. We work as a team and rotate in and out like the crews. We can be leading a crew into the building and working on fire sets for the next crew. And Should the fire get up into the attic…. We have Instructors to guide the backup line. We have even set-up a RIT Instructor group for bigger and complex burns.

Vienna FD is able through Joe, Mike and Tim to be able to take less experienced FF with us on these structure burns and evaluate same. Sometimes we put them into the existing departments crews and other times they assist the burn instructor. Building sets and rebuilding after a crew comes in and puts the fires out. We have developed a whole generation of new leaders, firefighters and instructors. We have separated the wheat from the chaff.

The whole process is as complex as it seems. Building fires for the crews to come into in a reasonable amount of time is difficult. When there are lots of folks waiting for “their” fire it puts more pressure on the instructor to make good fires and make the structure last. Usually after the first rotation a fire or combo of fires finds significant void spaces. Attics and cocklofts will light off and then we test the command structure. Radio chatter ramps up and all are concerned their view get transmitted to the primary crew. We as instructors also teach crew leaders that they need to call for the backup line and share the firefighting.

The interior crews are usually directed to a predetermined access to apply water to the void space. Vent holes already cut serve to preserve the structure and prevent the ONE guaranteed fire. Crews learn to move around in the fire building and leaders get to lead. Command and the Safety groups get to see lots of fire and heavy smoke properly stopped with the correct application of water. All crews that exit after the attic lights off and is properly extinguished have learned some valuable lessons about pulling ceiling, application of water, and even putting out the fire feeding the spaces above.

Many Saturday mornings have been sacrificed to the STRUCTURE BURN. Family time sometimes takes a back seat to a Burn. Every FF should attend Every Burn they are able to attend. Even short and sweet structure burns teach something. Firemanship is a continual learning experience. We all change and people change. The process and watching todays leaders come out of good training is worth the effort.

The Truck pictured with my young self is a 1970 Chevrolet C-65 Howe. She was the first 5-man cab Vienna got. Reflected in the windows is a structure after we let it go. I had been assisting Old Richmond on a Structure Burn. Early 90’s



Thanks and Thankful

Thanks and Thankful

Getting ready for Thanksgiving involved a slow week at the Garage. A small business lives and dies by the ups and downs of the normal cycle of business. We were cash poor for the short term but we had enjoyed the full 6 months before of extraordinary business. Customer arrived at our doors each day and even took the time to go online, write notes and bring gifts of food and treats. We are treated like heroes by many of our customers. Some care enough they call us for help even when it’s not the vehicles.

Our little business started by Marvin and Annie Mae Wilson has sustained the Lasley family for 29 years. First Roberta started working and raising Jim and Paul. We were able to provide for the Lasley’s and the Wilson’s until they both passed on. Our family business was joined by Rowena and James Gilstrap when the second Lasley boy was born. Roberta and Rowena go just about every day getting supplies and tires and enjoying life as a small business owner.

Wilson’s has enjoyed helping the community by having a majority of is owners and staff volunteering for Vienna Fire department. All the Lasley’s are members as well as  Richard Lewis. This does not come without some hardship. Leaving on a call is very hard when promising to have a customers vehicle repaired. Poor Roberta or the guy that has the oil filter off will stay and get the customer going again.

The years have flown and Jim has come to work Full-time. Jim Lasley has grown up first as an infant and raised by Roberta and community. Jim graduated from Reagan High and Forsyth Tech and has made the work of Auto Mechanic his vocation. Jim has dated and married Victoria. Wilson’s is blessed to have Jim and Victoria living and working in Vienna. We are pleased to see Wilson’s entering into another generation of service to the Vienna community.

No matter the ups and down of our economy the Lasley’s and especially Tim Lasley have a tremendous amount to be thankful for. Roberta, Jim Paul, Victoria, Little in -vetro Lasley, Mom and Brother Brian and Annette n Family, Kathy and Walter and Family . A magnificent Church family of Brookstown Methodist ,Bethlehem AME Zion, and Olivet Moravian. A Strong Community of Vienna and Double blessed by Scouting.

I have to also include our network of friends both in the community and on social media.  Friends comprise most of the customers of the little business. Men usually make ‘few real true friends and I have been blessed with many. So Thanksgiving really isn’t about what I have as much as what I can do and serve. I am blessed to be able to do and teach and serve.

Thanks Yall