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  • Mills: Stopping Ripping Your Men to Shreds

    By Cynthia Mills - Monday August 25, 2014
    Listen up ladies: stop ripping your men to shreds, especially in public! This is a huge, huge pet peeve of mine. I cannot stand to see a woman publicly berate, humiliate, degrade, insult, and dominate her man. Of course, I would never approve of...
  • Mills: Fire Safety at our Cabin in the Woods

    By Cynthia Mills - Wednesday June 4, 2014
    Fire safety and prevention…I was thinking about this yesterday. Yes, my good friend and fire prevention specialist at our department, Firefighter/Engineer Daniel Byrne , would be so proud of me.  But honestly, I was thinking about it because we...
  • Mills: A Talk With His Battalion Chief: Words I've Never Heard Before

    By Cynthia Mills - Wednesday March 26, 2014
    Last shift, my firefighter was acting battalion chief because his BC, along with much of the rest of the department, was out of town at a week-long training. I was at the station that Sunday evening cooking dinner for the crew, when his BC returned from...
  • Fire Wives Meet at Firehouse World

    By Cynthia Mills - Sunday March 2, 2014
    Wow…Firehouse World.  What a week!  “What?” some of you might ask.  “You’re only a firefighter’s wife.  What would Firehouse World matter to you?” But, you would be so wrong to think like this.  There were actually many, many...
  • Mills: Winter Weather Creates Hunker Down Mode

    By Cynthia Mills - Thursday January 30, 2014
    I’m hunkered down on a frigid winter’s night. All of my girls and my fireman are here with me. I feel like a kid ditching school. Shouldn’t I be working, teaching, or doing one of the many things on my forever to-do list? Maybe, but instead I am...
  • Mills: Frequent Flyers are a Constant in a Fire Wife's Life Too

    By Cynthia Mills - Monday December 16, 2013
    Every department has frequent flyers. Heck, every station has their individual frequent flyers. Yes, even though I’m not on an engine or responding to calls, I’m married to someone who is. By default, throughout the years I feel like I’ve come to...
  • Today, I Thought of You

    By Cynthia Mills - Thursday August 1, 2013
    As I started my run this morning, I thought of you. I remembered when I was newly married to my fireman and sometimes life just seemed unfair. I went from living with my parents to living with a roommate who was gone so often I was sometimes scared out of...
  • Mills: Is There a Correct Response to Tragedy?

    By Cynthia Mills - Thursday April 18, 2013
    Life is so busy, so busy, all the time. With three homeschooled children who are into various activities, a house in which I am determined to finish several unfinished projects, and a husband who works a full-time job, a part-time job, is attending online...
  • A Return to College Life

    By Cynthia Mills - Friday March 15, 2013
    When your firefighter comes to you after a 48-hour shift followed by a four-day out-of-state class and another 48-hour shift and says, "I want to go back to college and finish my degree," the correct response is:  a) Blind panic that makes you so dizzy...
  • Burying One of Our Own

    By Cynthia Mills - Wednesday December 26, 2012
    Burying one of our own…it’s a scenario no department wants to face, but most all departments train for anyways.  No amount of training can ever prepare a fire family for the heartache of dealing with a death of their own, especially near the...