Saturday, January 11th, 2014

Jason Schechterle – MY Hero

It was March 26th 2001. By that time in my career I had been dispatched and had responded on hundreds of calls. Nothing could have prepared me for what I witnessed that night. It was around 11pm, my crew and I were responding to a “check welfare” call. I approached the intersection of 20 street & Thomas just about to turn east-bound. (Remember those 2 words, “just about.”) Next thing I heard was an incredible explosion and then saw a fire ball of two connected vehicles heading in our direction.  I instinctively turned the fire truck toward this ball of flame that was shooting up over the overpass. There in front of us was a police car engulfed in flames with a police officer burning alive – inside.

Jason’s patrol car

So many lives were changed in that split second.

Those 2 words “just about” are truly beautiful words! Had I already committed my right-hand turn – I would have needed to jump the street median in the big fire truck and by that time, more than likely, the outcome would have been completely different.

There were so many synchronistic divine occurrences that happened that night in 2001 which allowed all the players to be in the right place at the right time. This is just the beginning of my story I share call, “Divine Timing” in the book, Classic Tales From The Firehouse.

Rebecca Joy and Jason Schechterle – 2008

But, as we know, there is always more to the story. Jason Schechterle is the real hero in this story and in life. An amazing human being whom I am honored to call my friend. All that he, his wife Suzie and his family has been through, the challenges they have overcome and how they face life is admirable and inspiring.

This web site is dedicated to Jason Schechterle for showing up in the world with such grace, beauty, integrity, and such incredible compassion for his fellow human.

Jason, you are an inspiration to me and so many others. Thank you for being here.

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Spiderman To The Rescue

Over the years I’ve seen first responders bring forth some very creative solutions to challenging rescues, but I wish I’d been able to see this one in person!

A Thai firefighter dressed as Spider-Man to rescue an autistic boy who climbed onto a third-floor balcony and dangled his legs over the side because he was nervous on his first day of school.

You can catch all the details at AzCentral.com.

Have you ever seen a creative rescue such as this one?  Or perhaps concocted one? We’d love to hear your comments!

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Through My Eyes

If you’re not familiar with the day-to-day of a firefighter’s life, you might like this video that I filmed and edited a few years ago for one of the many personal development classes I have completed.   It’s a look at the “firefighting lifestyle” which always seems to interest the curious folks outside of our “first responder” circle.

Maybe you’re familiar with what we firefighters do each day because you’re one of us!  If that’s the case, feel free to share this link with a friend or acquaintance since they’re likely interested in these details but have never asked you about them!

What’s your firefighting family like?  I want to hear from you!

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Welcome to Tales From The Firehouse website!

I’d like to personally welcome you to the Tales From The Firehouse website! So excited that after all these years this has finally manifested! My intention is that you find this site entertaining, insightful and educational. So thrilled to be able to share with you here! Sincerely, Rebecca Joy.

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Which Fire Station Makes The Best Chili?

Well, it depends on whether your preference is red chili, green chili, or cowboy chili, since we had winners in all categories. I realize I’m a more than a little biased toward Station 10, but don’t take my word for it….just listen to the compliment we received from Aunt Chilada’s.

Our video below overviews the entire event, from booth setup, to crowd comments, and finally, the results from the judges.   Please let us know what you thought of the event by commenting below.  Enjoy!

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

It’s Official: Station 10 Wins A Trophy

After much hard work with both kitchen tools and power tools, Station 10 presented a creative booth and some exceptional red chili…you’ll have to watch our video below to see how it all turned out!

Congratulations, Station 10!

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Got Smoke Detectors?

You’ve likely heard about Jose Contreras and his one year-old daughter who were killed in a fire early Monday morning in Mesa, Arizona. My friend, Captain Bill Rini, talks about that call and has seen many such instances of preventable tragedy.

Did you hear the most powerful thing he said?

Last year, every fire fatality in the City of Phoenix did not have a working smoke detector.

Does your family have working smoke detectors?  What about your friends?  Or the homes your children visit?  When did you last check the batteries in them?  Please do it today, and mark your calendar to ensure you do it regularly!

This tragedy was preventable, as are many that I and my fellow firefighters see.  If you’d like to learn more about a simple, dynamic message that can safeguard lives and preserve families, visit Simple Awareness.

Earlier today, the Contreras family spoke out on this topic:  

Please, please, please. Make sure you have working smoke detectors in your home. Bill and I do not want your family to be the next story reported on this blog!

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Station 10’s Secret Recipe

Captain Marty Munoz is pretty confident that his chili recipe will win this year’s Firefighters Chili Challenge sponsored by the United Phoenix Firefighters Association. 

What do you think?

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

The Ultimate Thank You

Saw this vanity plate outside an italian deli in Scottsdale.
Thank you, indeed!

Grazzie = thank you in Italian

Thank you, indeed!
Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Firefighter Chili Challenge 2009

Don’t you just LOVE chili?  I do!

And I love chili even more when it can raise funds to benefit the United Phoenix Firefighters Association.

Chili Challenge 2009

Last year, firefighters from all over Maricopa County and valley restaurants gathered to compete in the First Annual United Phoenix Firefighters Chili Challenge. The cookoff was created to bring firefighters from around the valley to cook up some great chili, have fun, and more importantly, raise money for the Firefighter Charities.

You – and all of your friends and family! – are invited to come out and enjoy live music and sample all of the chili. The event costs $10 to get in, and admission includes $10 worth of chili and drink tickets. 100% of the proceeds go to United Phoenix Firefighter Charities. Teams consist of firefighters from all over the county along with different local restaurants and other non profits eager to take home the gold.

Here’s the scoop:

2009 Chili Challenge
Saturday, February 28, 2009
11 am to 7 pm
Downtown Phoenix
Washington Street -between 1st and 4th Avenue

The firefighters from Fire Station #10 (my fire station!) are coming together to make the very best chili possible and we are sure to win the gold!  The theme of our display booth is the craps game “hard ten” so look for the booth with the dice!  We are confident that our red chili is the best!

So, if you like red, green or cowboy chili, music and beer…this is the place for you! Saturday will be a fun day to sample all the different chilis and enjoy yourself knowing that we are all supporting a great cause!

Please check out the United Phoenix Firefighters Association for more info on the fund raising event.

I look forward to seeing you!