Have to Walk that Lonesome Valley - You've Got to Walk it by Yourself

How often have you ever had a chaplain come to you for support and advice? I don't know about you, but this is not an everyday event in my world. However, that is just what happened at a recent event of the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firefighters...


Each of you will face moments of doubt like this. Let me suggest that if you are there for others, they will be there when you need them. When you leave this valley of tears, the love you leave will be equal to the love you made and gave. We need a lot more Chaplain Charlie's and a lot fewer "celebrities."

That's my story, and I am sticking with it.

HARRY R. CARTER, Ph.D., CFO, MIFireE, a Firehouse.com Contributing Editor, is a municipal fire protection consultant based in Adelphia, NJ. Dr. Carter retired from the Newark, NJ, Fire Department and is a past chief and active life member of the Adelphia Fire Company. Follow Harry on his "A View From my Front Porch" blog. He recently published Leadership: A View from the Trenches and Living My Dream: Dr. Harry Carter's 2006 FIRE Act Road Trip. You can reach Harry by e-mail at drharrycarter@optonline.net.