1. Tell me a little about yourself and what did you do in the fire service? How long have you served?
I was a professional firefighter for 12 years. My rank was Engineer. In my department, that would have been equivalent to a lieutenant. I told people I drove fire trucks. Fast…
2. What was the hardest time of your life? What tools did you use to get through it?
My wife got sick. Really sick. The day after we celebrated our 30th birthday (we are about a week apart in age), we found ourselves in the ER. She had contracted a rare micro-bacteria in her lungs. Long story short, she almost died. She was in the hospital for almost a month, and we had two babies at home, a one and a two-year-old. It sucked.
I spent a lot of time reading Isaiah 43 those first few days in the hospital. I found it very comforting.
3. What are your greatest successes?
Honestly, I’d have to say, my family. I’ve been married for almost 20 years, and I have two wonderful boys. They make me smile.
4. Now that you have experienced life a little, what would you tell your 20-year-old self?
Change majors and study something you are passionate about. I was always passionate about fitness and exercise. As a result, I naturally decided to major in Statistics. I was just at school to be there. Now, I would actually want to be there to learn…
5. Who is your greatest role model and why?
It would have to be John Brookfield, the creator of Battling Ropes. He took me under his wing and taught me so much about the power of the mind and what the body is capable of. He also taught me that it is okay to follow something greater than the crowd.
6. What were the tours that you have been on? Any particular stories that stand out?
I’ve been on some decent fires. But the calls that stand out to me the most are the medical calls. I’ve been on some of those that will stay in my brain forever. They stand out, but not in a feel-good way.
7. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? Or would you keep everything the same?
Now that I’m more “mature,” I believe I would keep everything the same – minus telling my 20-year-old self to change majors! Ha! But really, the experiences I’ve had are the ones that helped me get to where I am today. And where I am is a place I would have never expected. I’m living a real adventure now. And I’m not sure I would be on this adventure (family, OS, OSI – any of it) if I tried to do anything over in my past.
8. What do you feel most proud of?
Professionally, Original Strength. I get to see peoples lives change in amazing ways from remembering how they used to move as children. It’s wild.
10. What do you want your tombstone to say?
He changed the world!
11. Why did you join the fire service?
I joined the fire service because I had a new wife, a new house payment, and an opportunity to seek further employment somewhere else when the company I worked for got purchased by another company. That was also the same time I began personal training.
13. How do you spend your free time?
I watch superhero shows with my boys. We are fanatics.
14. Who do you admire the most in life and why?
I don’t know that I have a “most’ person. I have several people I admire:
Chip Morton, S&C of Cincinnati Bengals – I admire his patience and love for his seven children. And the kindness he shows and gives to his athletes.
John Brookfield – I admire his boldness in talking about his relationship with God.
Dan John – I admire his ability to keep things in life simple and his ability to always help someone in need even though he is probably the busiest person in the world. He always MAKES time for others.
Dr. Dan Barrows – he is one of the greatest teachers I have ever met. He teaches through kindness and humility. I understand the “gift” of teaching when I hear Dan teach.
15. What are you most afraid of?
Doing nothing. Being nothing.
16. What was your most embarrassing moment?
I once pulled off my sweat pants in a room full of people, thinking I was wearing shorts underneath. I was going to start training. I was not wearing shorts. Only briefs…. I made new friends that day.
17. If you could eliminate one weakness or limitation in your life what would it be and why?
That’s almost like the time traveling question. I am really not sure. I could stand to be more organized. But if I eliminate something that ultimately contributes to making me, I don’t know that that would help me. I’m sure my wife could answer this question better than I can!
19. What was your greatest failure and how did you overcome it?
I have missed the mark on many things. I’ve ruined friendships, made bad business decisions, and neglected my family. I overcome by moving forward and keeping my eyes on the horizon. I know who I want to be. So I focus on that. I ask for forgiveness, I forgive myself, and I focus on who I want to be.