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Articles and Photos I’ve published in a variety of online and print publications

Tremendous Loss of a Talented Storyteller

Although I never had the opportunity to meet or speak with the man, I was "in his presence" on a few short occasions and was always impressed by his talented writing abilities. Today we mourn the loss of fire service and news world leader: Hal Bruno.

Going Forward in the Fire Service

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I am often reluctant to write about commercial business ventures in my blogs and other platforms as I am sensitive to the trusted relationship between a writer and their readers, and leary about self-promotion. Thus I have delayed writing this post for quite some time. It wasn’t until I came to the realization that this […]

Not just a Daddy’s Girl

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Her Dad was a fire lieutenant and her two youngest brothers (twins) joined as cadets, then volunteers and eventually became career firefighters. But when Janet Wilmoth tried to join her local volunteer fire department, the fire chief told her to “Go home and have babies.” She went on to do that too, but in the […]

A December to Forget?

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Given recent events and all the heartache they’ve brought, I’m not sure that December is a month to remember but instead, it’s one we’d like to forget.

My Flag

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The next time I look at that flag, it could be a tangled mess – or it could be flowing freely in the breeze. It’s different every time I look at it. That’s the beauty of my flag.

My Summer Acceleration Theory

Calcium Anthropologists Warn of Effects of Summer Acceleration Unconfirmed fiction by: Tige R. Schmittendorf Originally posted: September 6, 2009 Editor’s Note: I know it’s Labor Day. I should have warned you sooner… One day while taking a requisite course towards my doctorate in calcium anthropology — the study of milkmen and their connection to mad […]

Run-to-the-Curb is Top Story

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It’s been more than a month since my presentation at FDIC and my live Internet radio talk show on FirefighterNetcast from the show floor, but a lot of exciting things have happened since then.  Feedback from my show about the importance of storytelling in the fire service with special guest Chief Tom Merrill was tremendous […]

Tiger’s Weekly Twitter Updates for 2010-06-05

Heading in to work as part of Command Staff for the Buffalo Marathon. Otherwise, I'd be running in it, for sure… # I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement and leave you only the cherished (cont) # RT @usfire: RT @NFPA: Fire Prevention Week 2010 campaign was launched […]

Tiger’s Weekly Twitter Updates for 2010-05-30

RT @gfriese: Even though #EMSWeek is over your agency should be planning a Facebook presence # RT @news4buffalo: Lancaster Ambulance Corps held open house to help prevent summertime injuries, also educated (cont) # I got an idea: invest those funds in a recruitment campaign! RT @FireDaily: City to stop collecting firefighter (cont) […]

Local Fire News Sites Get Press, Mixed Reviews

A recent article in the Buffalo News featured two online fire service sites ( and that provide live audio feeds and in-depth news coverage of the fire service here in Erie County. Although the article focuses on the potential training value, some fire chiefs had mixed feelings about what could be considered a form […]

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