This book details my two fire service careers that took me to the "bumpy" road to the top. These careers consumed almost 34 years of my life. In this book I also included my colorful and exciting pre-teen and teenage years as well as my Navy experience. I originally wanted to be a Montgomery County Police Officer while in high school but after I finished my time with the Navy Seabees, unexpected events led me to the fire service. The fire service then afforded me an interesting career. In this book you will see where I was honored by being invited to "Ground Zero" by some of the FDNY Firefighters. This by far was the most emotional trip I have ever undertaken.