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Photo Contest / Fredericks Training Days

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I’m extremely pleased and quite proud to announce that my photo submission for the 2011 Andy Fredericks Training Days was selected as the winning entry! We received dozens of submissions featuring photographs from all over the country.  In the end the photo we choose came from Alex Capece who is a firefighter in nearby Washington, DC and […]

A word of caution for the chronic Facebook addicts.

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The second you hit “post” or “send,” it’s all out of your hands.Go back and delete it all you want, but remember: a bad decision on the internet is like herpes. That shit never goes away.

National Fallen Firefighter's Memorial – Live Streaming Feed!

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For anyone who is unable to physically attend the memorial ceremonies in Emmitsburg, MD this weekend, is offering live streaming coverage of both the candlelit vigil Saturday night and the ceremony on Sunday.  More information is available at the link above, or at STATter911.

Honoring our brothers in Buffalo.

The walkway at the National Fallen Firefighter's Memorial. It's paved with inscriptions about our nation's bravest, donated by their loved ones. The post I wrote many months ago still rings true, and I feel a twinge in my heart when I think about how much this memorial site means to so many people. This weekend, […]

Breaking: Shooting at 14th/Irving, NW.

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Joe McNally, a famous National Geographic photographer, once said: "If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff." As opposed to standing, sometimes an opportunity comes along that's just so well-placed in front of you that you can't help but rocket out the door, grabbing your camera and an […]

Standing by.

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(AP) WASHINGTON – An 88-year-old gunman with a violent and virulently anti-Semitic past opened fire with a rifle inside the crowded U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on Wednesday, fatally wounding a security guard before being shot himself by other officers, authorities said. Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier said the gunman was "engaged by security guards immediately after entering the […]

Special Post: Raising Ladders Photography now available!

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I'm pleased to announce that a fledgling gallery of the photography you've seen here is now available online at! (There's a link on the sidebar to make everything easier.) All images are available for sale through a variety of mediums; all sizes of photo prints, as well as t-shirts, coffee mugs, and many other things […]


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Yes, we did in fact play with radios—hence the picture. However, the larger issue that I discovered today relates not to communications within the Department, but rather with the civilian world. A story ran today in the Washington Post about DC Fire and EMS's foray into the dynamic world of "Web 2.0," a next-generation brand […]

Photos, round 2.

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In honor of yesterday's historic moment, I figured I should post a few Inauguration photos that I took while downtown (yes, I was one of the crazy people who decided to test my mettle and brave the crowds). I'll let the pictures do the talking; no need for a photo essay here. One or two […]

Long weekend…

…with lots of time to revise photos and ponder future posts. I was reading an account of the passengers of the plane that crashed into the Hudson this past week. Coming from The Guardian, a UK news source, it's a very moving article that does a damn good job of storytelling without any of the […]